RedHill Biopharma Expands Commercial Management Team Ahead of Planned Talicia Launch

21 May, 2019
  • Rob Jackson joins as Vice President of Marketing
  • Robert J. Gilkin, Jr. joins as Vice President of Market Access
  • Steven Thomasian to join as Vice President of Supply Chain

TEL-AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, N.C., May 21, 2019
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced that it is expanding its commercial management team with several key executive hires ahead of the potential U.S. launch of Talicia®. The Company has appointed Rob Jackson as Vice President of Marketing, Robert J. Gilkin, Jr. as Vice President of Market Access and Steven Thomasian as Vice President of Supply Chain.

“We are pleased to have Rob, Steven and Bob join RedHill’s commercial management team as we move toward the potential commercial launch of Talicia for H. pylori later this year,” said Rick D. Scruggs, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Operations. “These three new senior members bring proven excellence in the development and execution of commercial strategies and depth of knowledge in go-to-market commercial and marketing strategy, market access and supply chains. They will play a significant role as we accelerate our preparations ahead of the potential FDA approval and commercial launch of Talicia in the fourth quarter of 2019, and we are pleased to have industry executives of this caliber join our team at this transformative time in the Company’s history.”

Rob Jackson, Vice President of Marketing has a strong track record of success leading and executing new product launches and brand management across the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Prior to joining RedHill, Mr. Jackson served in commercial leadership roles at Bioventus, most recently as the National Director of Market Access for the surgical business unit. Mr. Jackson served as Group Brand Director for the ulcerative colitis and purgative franchises at Salix Pharmaceuticals, where he led the launch of three brands in a four-year period. He also led new product launches for Vicuron Pharmaceuticals and Merck & Co.

Robert J. Gilkin, Jr., Vice President of Market Access, is an accomplished senior healthcare and pharmaceutical executive with more than 20 years of experience. Mr. Gilkin previously served as a Vice President of Market Access at Synergy Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for all aspects of market access and strategy execution for Trulance® (plecanatide). Prior to that, Mr. Gilkin was a Principal and Payer Strategy Consultant at Filias Healthcare Marketing Strategy Group, LLC, advising on development and implementation of market strategies for mature and new biotechnology products. Mr. Gilkin also previously served as Vice President, Payer Strategy at Gemini Health, LLC (Havas Health & You) and as Director of Contract Strategy at AstraZeneca.

Steven Thomasian, Vice President of Supply Chain brings extensive global experience in supply chain, supplier management and developing alliance and supply chain functionality. Mr. Thomasian most recently held the position of Vice President of Supply Chain at Kala Pharmaceuticals and, prior to that, at Cempra Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Thomasian served as Executive Director of Global Supply Chain and Logistics at Salix Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for a supply chain representing over $1 billion in sales. He also previously served as Director of Supply Chain at Orexigen Therapeutics. Mr. Thomasian will join RedHill starting on May 28, 2019.


About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.      
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company, primarily focused on the development and commercialization of clinical late-stage, proprietary drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. RedHill commercializes and promotes several gastrointestinal products in the U.S.: Donnatal® - a prescription oral adjunctive drug used in the treatment of IBS and acute enterocolitis; EnteraGam® - a medical food intended for the dietary management, under medical supervision, of chronic diarrhea and loose stools and Mytesi® - an anti-diarrheal drug indicated for the symptomatic relief of non-infectious diarrhea in adult patients with HIV/AIDS on anti-retroviral therapy. RedHill’s key clinical late-stage development programs include: (i) Talicia® (RHB-105) for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with a U.S. NDA submitted; (ii) RHB-104, with positive top-line results from a first Phase 3 study for Crohn's disease; (iii) RHB-204, with a planned pivotal Phase 3 study for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections; (iv) BEKINDA® (RHB-102), with positive results from a Phase 3 study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase 2 study for IBS-D; (v) YELIVA® (ABC294640), a first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor, targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications, with an ongoing Phase 2a study for cholangiocarcinoma; (vi) RHB-106, an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. and (vii) RHB-107, a Phase 2-stage first-in-class, serine protease inhibitor, targeting cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases.


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Company contact:
Adi Frish
Senior VP Business Development & Licensing
RedHill Biopharma

 IR contact (U.S.):
Timothy McCarthy, CFA, MBA
Managing Director, Relationship Manager
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

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