NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SGYP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel gastrointestinal (GI) therapies, today announced that Melvin K. Spigelman, M.D., who has served as an Independent Director of Synergy since August 2008, will now assume the role of Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Synergy’s outgoing Executive Chairman, Gary S. Jacob, Ph.D., will leave the Company to pursue other opportunities.
“As a co-inventor of plecanatide, Gary played a critical role in the discovery, development and FDA approval of Synergy’s first product, TRULANCE®, which is now available to help benefit patients suffering from chronic GI conditions,” said Troy Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. “We thank Gary for more than a decade of service to Synergy and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
About Synergy Pharmaceuticals
Synergy is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel gastrointestinal (GI) therapies. The company has pioneered discovery, research and development efforts around analogs of uroguanylin, a naturally occurring human GI peptide, for the treatment of GI diseases and disorders. Synergy’s proprietary GI platform includes one commercial product TRULANCE® (plecanatide) and a second product candidate – dolcanatide. For more information, please visit www.synergypharma.com.
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