CASI Pharmaceuticals Announces Appointment Of President To Its China Operations To Lead Commercialization
ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 2, 2018 - CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASI), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and delivery of high quality, cost-effective pharmaceutical products and innovative therapeutics to patients in the U.S., China and throughout the world, announces the appointment of Larry Zhang to the position of President of CASI (Beijing) Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., the China operating subsidiary of CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.
Mr. Zhang possesses over 20 years of executive experience in commercial operations, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, and business development within the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industries in the U.S., Asia Pacific and China. Prior to joining CASI’s Beijing office, Mr. Zhang was Vice President, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at Novartis Group (China) focusing on the public affairs and public relations strategy including initiating Novartis’ China policy focusing on China FDA (CFDA) new drug approval reform, IP protection, generic quality consistency evaluation and new regulations on biosimilars. In this role, he regularly liaised with key central and provisional government authorities to advance various policy initiatives.
Prior to joining Novartis Group (China), he served as Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz (China) Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, a Novartis Company, where he oversaw the successful launch of six new products. Mr. Zhang has also held executive leadership roles within Bayer Healthcare and Baxter International Corporation in the U.S. and Asia Pacific. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in nuclear physics from the University of Science & Technology of China, and an M.B.A. in marketing/finance from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He also received training in the political science doctoral program from the University of Utah.
Wei-Wu He, Ph.D., Executive Chairman of CASI Pharmaceuticals, commented, “We are excited to welcome Larry to our management team. His cross-functional executive expertise, particularly in navigating CFDA reforms and governmental affairs within the generic pharmaceuticals sector, will be invaluable to CASI’s advancement and growth as we continue to expand and advance our pipeline.”
About CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CASI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CASI) is a U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and delivery of high quality, cost-effective pharmaceutical products and innovative therapeutics to patients in the U.S., Chinaand throughout the world. CASI’s product pipeline features three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs in-licensed from Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for China regional rights. These are currently in various stages in the regulatory process for market approval in China. The Company also acquired a portfolio of 25 FDA-approved abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and four pipeline ANDAs that are pending FDA approval. CASI is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland and has a wholly owned subsidiary and R&D operations in Beijing, China. More information on CASI is available at www.casipharmaceuticals.com.
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