Arena Pharmaceuticals

Arena cuts 80 employees

Monday, November 2, 2015

Arena Pharmaceuticals, based in San Diego, has announced plans to improve efficiencies and reduce costs as it focuses on the advancement of its R&D priorities. As part of the initiative, Arena will reduce its U.S. workforce by about 80 employees or 35%, which Arena estimates will reduce annualized cash expenditures for personnel by about $11.0 million. Arena plans to implement additional cost control measures to further reduce its expenditures, including reductions at its Swiss manufacturing facility.

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Arena President/CEO to step down

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Arena Pharmaceuticals has announced that, at the request of the board of directors, company President and CEO Jack Lief has retired from the company, including the board. Dr. Harry Hixson, a director of Arena since 2004, has been appointed to serve as interim chief executive officer and interim principal financial officer. Arena will immediately initiate a search for a new chief executive.

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Arena initiates phase I trial of APD811 for hypertension

Friday, October 12, 2012

Arena Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company focused on novel drugs for weight management, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and other disorders, has initiated dosing in a phase I multiple dose clinical trial of APD811, a novel oral drug candidate discovered by Arena that targets the prostacyclin (IP) receptor for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

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FibroGen names VP, technical development

Monday, September 12, 2011

FibroGen has named Michael Martinelli, Ph.D., vice president, technical development. In this role, Martinelli is responsible for the chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) development activities for FibroGen’s most advanced small molecule clinical candidates.

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