SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD) today announced the appointment of Ponni Subbiah, M.D., M.P.H., as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Subbiah will report to Serge Stankovic, M.D., M.S.P.H., ACADIA’s President and be responsible for corporate medical affairs including medical strategy, scientific communications, and medical science liaison activities.
“I am very excited to welcome Ponni to our executive team. Her extensive experience as a clinician and pharmaceutical physician as well as her strong leadership track record in global medical and scientific affairs, are extremely valuable at this transformational time for our organization,” said Dr. Serge Stankovic.
“ACADIA has transformed treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease psychosis and has the potential to also play a crucial role in how we continue to improve the lives of patients with other CNS disorders,” said Dr. Subbiah. “I am excited to join ACADIA on this journey and use my relevant medical affairs and clinical development experience to advance the company’s strong portfolio of approved and investigational programs for some of today’s biggest challenges in neuro health.”
Dr. Subbiah is a neurologist with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and global health sector. She has led the development and execution of medical and clinical research strategies in various therapeutic areas, including neurology, psychiatry, opioid addiction, pain, oncology, diabetes, urology, inflammation, respiratory, and infectious diseases.
Dr. Subbiah was most recently Chief Medical Officer for Indivior Inc., with responsibility for pharmacovigilance and medical affairs globally. She was also the company spokesperson at policy discussions including testifying at the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis and the hearing by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce on the opioid crisis. During her previous tenure of over 15 years at Pfizer, Inc., she held various leadership roles in global medical affairs and led Pfizer’s Global Access program to improve healthcare access for low-income populations in the developing world through approaches that were commercially viable and sustainable.
Dr. Subbiah received her medical degree from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India and completed a residency in neurology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. She completed a research/clinical fellowship in AIDS Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD.
About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
ACADIA is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system disorders. ACADIA has developed and commercialized the first and only medicine approved for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. ACADIA also has ongoing clinical development efforts in additional areas with significant unmet need, including dementia-related psychosis, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and Rett syndrome. This press release and further information about ACADIA can be found at: www.acadia-pharm.com.
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