COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq:ASND), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that applies its innovative TransCon technology to address significant unmet medical needs, today announced that the company has appointed Thomas A. Larson as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
"Tom is joining the company as our best-in-class endocrinology rare diseases pipeline approaches commercialization," commented Jan Mikkelsen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascendis Pharma. “Tom’s broad background includes more than 25 years of experience building and leading commercial organizations, as well as successfully launching products across the orphan drug and specialty markets. He joins our team as we are executing our plan to become a fully integrated rare disease company.”
Mr. Larson commented, “Ascendis is an exciting company that values advancing science and improving patients’ lives. I am pleased to join such a talented team as the company works to bring novel products towards approval and commercialization for patients with rare diseases. It is a privilege to join a company with such a unique technology driving a broad pipeline of differentiated products to address unmet needs.”
Mr. Larson has served as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America since 2016. At Mitsubishi, he established the U.S. commercial organization and successfully launched the company’s first U.S. pharmaceutical product, Radicava®, the first amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) therapy approved in the U.S. in over 20 years. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Larson was a member of the commercial team for Marathon Pharmaceuticals, where he helped build the commercial infrastructure. Previously, he worked for Boehringer-Ingelheim and Johnson & Johnson, where he launched multiple products and oversaw various sales and marketing activities focused on hospital and specialty markets. Mr. Larson began his career at Abbott Laboratories in 1985, where he worked in research and development, sales, market access and marketing roles of increasing responsibility over his 18-year tenure, including leadership positions in the commercial organization supporting orphan drug, hospital, biologics and specialty products. Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University.
About Ascendis Pharma A/S
Ascendis Pharma is applying its innovative prodrug technology to build a leading, fully integrated rare disease company focused on making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. The company utilizes its TransCon technology with clinically validated parent drugs to create new therapies with potential for best-in-class efficacy, safety and/or convenience.
Ascendis Pharma has a wholly-owned pipeline of three rare disease endocrinology programs, including once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone, which is currently being evaluated in a phase 3 program for children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), TransCon PTH, a long-acting prodrug of parathyroid hormone for hypoparathyroidism currently in a phase 1 trial, and TransCon CNP, a long-acting prodrug of C-type natriuretic peptide for achondroplasia. Additionally, Ascendis Pharma has multi-product collaborations with Sanofi in diabetes and Genentech in the field of ophthalmology.
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