Humanigen Inc (OTCPINK:HGEN) has named pharmaceutical veteran Edward Jordan its new chief commercial officer, the company announced Monday.
Jordan has more than two decades of commercial operations experience at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and has launched more than a dozen products over his career.
He most recently worked as senior vice president of the biopharma company DBV Technologies, where he built up the company’s commercial organization in preparation for the launch of a pediatric biologic. Before that, Jordan held executive roles at AMAG Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Jordan’s experience is particularly relevant as Humanigen prepares to launch its coronavirus (COVID-19) drug, lenzilumab.
“We have been actively planning for launch as we develop our lead drug candidate, lenzilumab, for COVID-19,” Humanigen CEO Cameron Durant said in a statement. “Ed’s long tenure in senior commercial leadership roles, coupled with his track record of building cross-functional teams to achieve significant objectives in highly competitive markets, make him ideally suited to further strengthen Humanigen’s commercialization plans.”
For Jordan, the work of bringing a coronavirus drug to market is personal.
“I’m thrilled to join the Humanigen team at such a pivotal point as we work to bring lenzilumab to market during these difficult and unprecedented times,” he said. "Having recently lost my father to a COVID-19 related condition, overseeing the potential commercialization of lenzilumab has special meaning to me and I’m steadfast in my commitment to get lenzilumab into the hands of professionals for the treatment of COVID-19 and other life-threatening conditions.”
Lenzilumab is designed to treat the cytokine storm, an overactive immune system response to the coronavirus that can cause fever and inflammation and potentially lead to organ failure.
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