Appointment of Mr. Rowe, Eyenovia’s current Chief Operating Officer, maintains continuity while bringing significant ophthalmic industry, operations and commercialization expertise to the CEO role
NEW YORK, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eyenovia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYEN), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical technology company developing a pipeline of late-stage microdose array print (MAP™) therapeutics, today announced the appointment of current Chief Operating Officer Michael Rowe as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2022. Mr. Rowe’s appointment follows the company’s nationwide search and interviews with multiple candidates. Mr. Rowe has also been appointed to Eyenovia’s Board of Directors, increasing the Board to nine seats following recent appointments of Drs. Strahlman and Palanki as new independent directors, announced in July.
Eyenovia’s current Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sean Ianchulev, previously announced that he will be transitioning to Chairman of the company’s Board.
“For the past four years, we have benefited from Michael’s diverse ophthalmic industry experience, and we believe he is the ideal candidate to shepherd Eyenovia through this exciting new chapter in the Company’s evolution,” stated Dr. Sean Ianchulev, Eyenovia’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer. “With major events anticipated in the next year, including the potential approval of MydCombi and preparation for a MicroLine New Drug Application (NDA), and significant progress being made by our strategic partners, Bausch+Lomb and Arctic Vision, agreements that Michael was instrumental in brokering, this is indeed a transformational time for our company. With his significant expertise in product development, operations, global and US commercialization, strategic planning and business development, we believe there is no one more qualified than Michael to lead our transition to a commercial-stage company. I look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the Eyenovia team as we work to improve the delivery of topical ophthalmic care for patients and providers and increase the long-term value of Eyenovia for our shareholders.”
“I look forward to helping maximize the value of our proprietary Optejet dispensing technology that I believe can become the new standard across a broad range of ophthalmic uses,” stated Mr. Rowe. “With the pending resubmission of our MydCombi NDA, the upcoming completion of our VISION-2 presbyopia trial, and the commencement of our manufacturing operations in Redwood City, CA, we have made substantial progress this year, and I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and the rest of the leadership team to maintain this forward momentum.”
Mr. Rowe has served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2021, having first joined the Company in July 2018 as Corporate Vice President. In his 30+ year career, Mr. Rowe spent 12 years at Allergan founding the health economics department, leading strategic planning and new pharmaceutical and device product commercialization for the global glaucoma franchise and founding the competitive intelligence function across the company. During this time, Mr. Rowe also served as the company’s liaison with Senju Pharmaceuticals (a current shareholder and licensee of Eyenovia) and was instrumental in the successful launch of multiple glaucoma products in the Japanese market.
More recently, Mr. Rowe was with Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he was pivotal in the commercialization of their glaucoma franchise. Mr. Rowe has also held leadership roles at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Pfizer, Inc.
About Eyenovia, Inc.
Eyenovia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYEN) is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical technology company developing a pipeline of microdose array print (MAPTM) therapeutics. Eyenovia is currently focused on the late-stage development of microdosed medications for mydriasis, presbyopia and myopia progression. For more information, visit Eyenovia.com.
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