AKELA PHARMA, INC. ANNOUNCES CEO TRANSITION
Austin, Texas; March 14, 2012 – Akela Pharma, Inc. (TSX:AKL) today announced that Gregory McKee, formerly President and CEO, is no longer with the company. Rudy Emmelot, Akela’s chief financial officer and a 6 year company veteran has been appointed as acting president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Emmelot joined Akela Pharma, Inc. in September 2005 and has served as Akela’s CFO since 2009. Mr. Emmelot has over two decades of experience in the biotech and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Akela, Mr. Emmelot served as a senior executive at several companies most recently as vice president of Finance for Xencor, Inc.
“Greg’s efforts in moving the company forward in a challenging business environment have been important to Akela, and we thank him for his dedicated effort in that regard” said Mr. Robert Rieder, Chairman of the Board of Akela. “We will continue to dedicate our efforts toward increasing the sales and profitability of Akela’s principle asset, our PharmaForm subsidiary.”
About Akela Pharma, Inc.
Akela Pharma, Inc. is the parent company of PharmaForm, and its common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the symbol “AKL” with 32.4 million shares outstanding.
PharmaForm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Akela Pharma, Inc., is a leading specialty contract manufacturer in the area of pharmaceutical dosage form development, specializing in controlled release and bioavailability enhancement technologies, such as hot melt extrusion, spray drying, fluid bed processing, and liquid filled capsules. Through its diverse offerings, PharmaForm solutions help pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients reach their drug development targets, reduce development costs and accelerate time-to-market for their products.
Akela Pharma Inc.’s common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the symbol “AKL” with 32.1 million shares outstanding.
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