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Damien McDevitt moves from GSK to Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Takes up position as SVP, corporate development at the US biopharma firm

Acadia Damien McDevittUS biopharmaceutical company Acadia Pharmaceuticals has appointed Damien McDevitt (pictured) as senior vice president of corporate development.

He joins the San Diego-based firm from GlaxoSmithKline, where he spent more than two decades, most recently serving as VP, head of business development for R&D extended therapy areas and head of its R&D West Coast Satellite.

Prior to that, McDevitt held positions with increasing responsibility within worldwide business development at GSK Ventures and Anti-Infectives Discovery.

At Acadia, which focuses on the development and commercialisation of medicines for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, McDevitt will report to the company’s president and chief executive officer Steve Davis.

He said: “We are thrilled to welcome Damien to the team. Damien has extensive experience in business development, licensing and strategic partnering, and he has completed dozens of value-creating transactions. This expertise, combined with his strong strategic and technical background, will be of great value as we continue to explore the potential for expanding our CNS portfolio.”

Meanwhile, Acadia’s SVP, technology development and operations Jim Nash will retire in January. The company’s former SVP, strategy and business development Bob Mischler will assume responsibilities for technology development and operations in addition to continuing his strategy responsibilities in the new role of SVP, strategy and technology operations.

21st December 2017

From: Research

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