Appointment of Dr Otto Schwarz as Independent Director and Chairman of the Board

Written by: editor@pharmiweb.com
Published On: 4 Dec 2019

Zug, Switzerland, December 4, 2019 - Arvelle Therapeutics GmbH (“Arvelle”), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative treatments to patients suffering from CNS disorders, today announces that Dr Otto Schwarz will join the Board of Arvelle Therapeutics as an Independent Director and serve as Chairman of the Board, with immediate effect.

Dr Otto Schwarz is a highly accomplished industry executive bringing 35 years of experience to Arvelle, having launched multiple major speciality products on a global basis. Most recently, Otto served as Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Actelion Executive Committee, until the acquisition of Actelion by Johnson & Johnson.  During his time at Actelion, Otto was responsible for 1300 employees, leading global operation activities including marketing strategy & sales, medical affairs, manufacturing and supply chain. Under Otto’s leadership, Actelion successfully launched specialty products Opsumit, Uptravi and Veletri, increasing total company sales to over CHF 2.4 billion by 2016, its last year as an independent company. Prior to Actelion, Otto also served as Executive Vice-President Commercial Operations at Nycomed, and Executive Board Member at Altana Pharma. He also spent nearly 20 years with Schering-Plough and Eli Lilly in Switzerland, Canada, the USA and Germany. Dr Otto Schwarz currently also serves as a non-Executive Director of Kiadis Pharma. Dr Otto Schwarz is an Austrian citizen and has a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from Vienna University.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Altmeyer, President and CEO of Arvelle Therapeutics, said: “We are delighted to welcome Otto as Chairman of the Board of Arvelle Therapeutics. Having launched several speciality products in Europe, Otto’s experience will be invaluable to us ahead of the planned MAA submission for cenobamate in H1 2020 and subsequent commercial launch. Following the recent approval from the FDA for cenobamate tablets as a treatment for focal-onset seizures in adults in the US, we are entering an exciting time in the Company’s development and I look forward to updating the market with our continued progress in due course.”

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Otto Schwarz said: “I am pleased to join the highly capable team at Arvelle Therapeutics.  The data generated to date for cenobamate has been highly encouraging and I believe this product has the potential to transform the lives of patients suffering from this debilitating condition. I look forward to working with the Company as they continue working towards approval for cenobamate in Europe.”