Fellowship-trained Ophthalmologist and well-rounded biopharmaceutical executive brings breadth of clinical development, medical affairs, strategy, and business development experience
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI), a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies, today announced that Gary Sternberg, M.D., M.B.A., will join the Company as Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective March 1, 2022. He will report to Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Aerie Pharmaceuticals and become a member of the Aerie Executive Committee.
Gary is an Ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in cornea and external diseases (defined as diseases around the eye, including the surface of the eye and eyelids/skin). He is also a well-rounded biopharmaceutical executive with a breadth and depth of relevant experiences in clinical development, medical affairs, strategy, and business development that will be valuable to Aerie. As CMO, Gary will provide strategic direction on Aerie’s global product portfolio strategy to bring products to market in compliance with global regulatory, legislative and medical/health requirements.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Sternberg to Aerie and believe his broad industry experience will be very valuable to us. Gary brings a unique understanding of our targets and pipeline programs. In addition, he has a successful track record of corporate development deal making and in building effective collaborations,” said Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Aerie. “I look forward to working with Gary to advance our clinical portfolio, to help us make smart choices in advancing our pipeline, and to raise Aerie’s profile within the global eye care community.”
Gary Sternberg, said “I have dedicated my career to developing novel ophthalmology products that could make the lives of patients and members of the global eye care community better. I am very excited to join Aerie because I believe the Company is at an important inflection point, with an exciting first-in-class glaucoma franchise, and a pipeline that has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients. I look forward to working with Raj and the talented team at Aerie to help realize the full promise of our pipeline.”
Gary brings to Aerie more than 20 years of relevant experience in clinical and drug development, medical affairs, strategy and business development and technology evaluation. He has also held leadership roles in global pharmaceutical companies and start-ups. Gary joins Aerie from RainBio, Inc., where he served as Acting CEO. Prior to his work at RainBio, Gary was the CEO, President and Co-Founder of Stargazer Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led the company from inception to the development of a “Phase 3 ready” product candidate for Stargardt disease, an inherited orphan eye disease with no available treatments. Prior to that, Gary was CEO of Tisbury Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led the development of a novel glaucoma compound for treatment of elevated intraocular pressure.
Before his work at Tisbury, Gary served as the Chief Business Officer at Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (now Sesen Bio) where he completed a major out-licensing deal worth up to $270 million with Roche (IL-6 inhibitor for diabetic macular edema) and played an integral role in a reverse merger process to reinvent the company as a specialty oncology company. Prior to joining Eleven Biotherapeutics, Gary was Group Medical Director and lead, U.S. Medical Affairs at Genentech, where he worked on Lucentis (ranibizumab) and headed medical messaging, conducted a very active investigator sponsored trial program with leading investigators, led a Medical Science Liaison group, worked on health economics and outcomes research analyses, and directed a Phase 4 post approval commitment study.
Gary earned Board-certification in Ophthalmology and completed a fellowship in cornea and external diseases. He earned his MD at State University of New York (Brooklyn) and conducted his postgraduate residency training in Ophthalmology and fellowship training in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies for the treatment of patients with eye diseases and conditions including open-angle glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic macular edema (DME) and wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Aerie’s first novel product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s second novel product for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan® (netarsudil (0.02%) and latanoprost ophthalmic solution (0.005%)), was launched in the United States in May 2019. In clinical trials of Rocklatan®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rocklatan®, including the product label, is available at www.rocklatan.com. More information on Aerie Pharmaceuticals is available at www.aeriepharma.com.
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