HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (NasdaqGS: SPPI) a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel and targeted oncology therapies, today announced the appointment of Seth H.Z. Fischer to its Board of Directors. Mr. Fischer fills a vacancy left by Mr. Raymond Cohen, who retired from the Board effective April 22, 2020. Mr. Fischer will serve on the Board until the company’s next annual meeting of stockholders or until his respective successor is elected and qualified.
“Mr. Fischer brings to the Board over 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 29 years in various leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson,” said Joe Turgeon, President and CEO, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. “We believe Mr. Fischer’s experience in pharmaceutical operations and commercialization in a wide range of therapeutics qualifies him to serve on our Board. We would like to thank Mr. Cohen who has served with integrity on the Spectrum Board for many years. His contributions and guidance have been outstanding and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”
Mr. Fischer currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MRNS), Agile Therapeutics, Inc. (AGRX), and is also an advisor to MedHab, LLC. Previously, Mr. Fischer served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vivus, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and sexual health from September 2013 to December 2017.
Prior to Vivus, Mr. Fischer served in various positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, most recently as company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Franchise Chairman of Cordis Corporation. Prior to that, he served as company Group Chairman, North America Pharmaceuticals, which included responsibilities for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Janssen and Scios. Prior to that, Mr. Fischer served as President of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Fischer’s operating responsibilities encompassed the commercialization of products in multiple therapeutic categories including neurologic products for epilepsy and migraines and products in the analgesic, anti-infective, cardiovascular, psychiatric and women’s health areas. From May 2013 to May 2019, Mr. Fischer also served on the Board of Directors of BioSig Technologies, Inc.
About Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel and targeted oncology therapies. Spectrum has a strong track record of successfully executing across the biopharmaceutical business model, from in-licensing and acquiring differentiated drugs, clinically developing novel assets, successfully gaining regulatory approvals and commercializing in a competitive healthcare marketplace. Spectrum has a late-stage pipeline with novel assets that serve areas of unmet need. This pipeline has the potential to transform the company in the near future. For additional information on Spectrum Pharmaceuticals please visit www.sppirx.com.
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