Finance executive with a successful track record in capital creation, deployment, and optimization
Brings breadth of finance, strategy and business development experience
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI), a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies, today announced that Peter F. Lang will join the Company as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 18, 2022. He will report to Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Aerie Pharmaceuticals and become a member of the Aerie Executive Committee.
“I am pleased to welcome Peter to our leadership team,” said Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer. “His extensive experience in investment banking and in helping life science companies raise, manage and deploy capital, including business development and M&A transactions, will be important to maximizing shareholder value. I am confident Peter will provide strong leadership and will be an excellent addition to the Aerie team.”
Peter Lang added “I have dedicated my career to working with life science companies to help them optimize their growth objectives, financing strategy, capital structure and return on capital, so that they can successfully advance their business plan and meet the needs of patients. I am very pleased to join Aerie at this exciting time, with a growing glaucoma commercial franchise, a robust and innovative pipeline and an experienced team. I look forward to working with Raj and the management team to sustainably grow the business and bring meaningful value to patients, clinicians and investors.”
Peter comes to Aerie with over 25 years of experience delivering financial, strategic and operational solutions, with deep expertise in healthcare and a particular focus on the biopharma sector. He has held leadership roles at well-recognized global and boutique investment banks. In addition, he has a long track record of working with management teams and boards to optimize companies’ growth plans, capital structures and return on capital. Over the course of his career, he helped raise ~$105 billion in financing and growth capital and advised on more than 40 M&A and business development transactions totaling more than $25 billion in deal value.
Peter joins Aerie from Ridge Advisory, LLC, where he was Managing Director and Partner. Prior to his work at Ridge Advisory, Peter served in various leadership roles in the healthcare investment banking divisions of well-respected firms including HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS Investment Bank and Leerink Partners. Peter graduated with a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, with High Honors. Peter earned dual degrees, Magna Cum Laude, from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and School of Arts & Sciences.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies for the treatment of patients with eye diseases and conditions including open-angle glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic macular edema (DME) and wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Aerie’s first novel product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s second novel product for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan® (netarsudil (0.02%) and latanoprost ophthalmic solution (0.005%)), was launched in the United States in May 2019. In clinical trials of Rocklatan®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rocklatan®, including the product label, is available at www.rocklatan.com. More information on Aerie Pharmaceuticals is available at www.aeriepharma.com.
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