Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Adds to Management Team Anne Marie Cook as SVP, General Counsel, and Mary Weger as SVP, Human Resources
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat severe lipid disorders, announced the appointment of Anne Marie Cook as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Mary Weger as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
Ms. Cook was most recently a partner with Boston-based law firm Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Choate). There she represented life science companies in structuring and negotiating strategic transactions such as joint ventures, collaborations, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property licenses. She also provided general legal support in connection with the research, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Choate, Ms. Cook was Senior Vice President, Business & Corporate Development, General Counsel at ViaCell, Inc. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Chief Corporate Counsel, at Biogen Idec Inc.
Ms. Weger was most recently Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Development Strategy and Effectiveness, at Celgene Corporation. In that role, she was responsible for the global clinical research and development strategy, and business process effectiveness for the Global CR&D function. Prior to this position, Ms. Weger held several positions of increasing responsibility within Celgene, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources.
"These are key strategic appointments as Aegerion grows into a commercial organization," said Marc D. Beer, Chief Executive Officer. "I have great confidence in Anne Marie's proven ability to guide the company's legal and intellectual property discipline. I would also like to thank Christine Pellizzari, who has stepped down as the company's General Counsel due to the corporate office consolidation and relocation to Cambridge, MA from New Jersey. Christine has been a tremendous asset to Aegerion since inception and has seen the company through many critical milestones."
Mr. Beer continued, "In addition, Mary will be a key member of the management team as we continue to build our global organization, and her vast human resources experience leading strategy, organizational development and business process provides the capability to build the framework of a successful global operating company."
About Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR) is an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat severe lipid disorders. The Company's lead product, lomitapide, is in Phase III clinical development. Lomitapide is initially being developed to treat patients with a rare genetic lipid disorder called homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, or HoFH. The Company also plans to initiate a clinical program for lomitapide to treat patients with a severe genetic form of hypertriglyceridemia called familial chylomicronemia (FC).
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