Urovant Sciences Appoints Keith A. Katkin as CEO

  • Former CEO of Avanir Pharmaceuticals joins Roivant family of companies
  • Plans to initiate confirmatory Phase 3 program of vibegron by early 2018

BASEL, Switzerland, September 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Urovant Sciences, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for urologic conditions, today announced the appointment of Keith A. Katkin as Chief Executive Officer.

“I am excited to build Urovant into a leading company in the field of urology,” said Mr. Katkin. “Vibegron is a promising drug with strong Phase 2 and Phase 3 data. I look forward to rapidly advancing the development of vibegron including the initiation of a confirmatory Phase 3 pivotal trial in the months to come.”

“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Keith,” said Vivek Ramaswamy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences. “His track record of building successful companies and his passion for delivering new medicines to patients makes me excited to see him take charge as the leader of one of our newest Vants.”

Mr. Katkin recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals from 2007 to 2016, where he oversaw the company’s sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Mr. Katkin joined Avanir in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was responsible for developing and executing the corporate strategy that led to the approval and commercialization of NUEDEXTA.

Prior to Avanir, Mr. Katkin served as Vice President, Commercial Development for Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he played a key role in the concurrent initial public offering and sale of the company to Johnson and Johnson. Earlier in his career, Mr. Katkin held leadership roles at InterMune, Amgen, and Abbott Laboratories. Mr. Katkin earned his B.S. in Business and Accounting from Indiana University and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

About Urovant Sciences

Urovant Sciences is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for urologic conditions. Urovant’s lead therapeutic candidate is vibegron, a potent and selective β3-adrenergic agonist being developed for the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency. Urovant has licensed global rights, excluding Japan and certain Asian territories, for the development and commercialization of vibegron (formerly MK-4618) from Merck. Urovant intends to develop treatments for additional urologic diseases. For more information, please visit urovant.com.

About Roivant Sciences

Roivant is dedicated to transformative innovation in healthcare. Roivant focuses on realizing the full potential of promising biomedical research by developing and commercializing novel therapies across diverse therapeutic areas. We partner with innovative biopharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to ensure that important medicines are rapidly developed and delivered to patients.

We advance our drug pipelines through wholly- or majority-owned subsidiary companies, including Axovant (neurology), Myovant (women’s health and endocrine diseases), Dermavant (dermatology), Enzyvant (rare diseases), and Urovant (urology). Roivant also plans to launch new companies operating outside of traditional biopharmaceutical development. Roivant’s long-range mission is to reduce the time and cost of developing and delivering new medicines for patients. For more information, please visit roivant.com.

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Roivant Sciences Launches Urovant to Develop Innovative Therapies in Urology

  • Urovant has licensed vibegron, a Phase 3-ready selective β3-adrenergic agonist for the treatment of overactive bladder, from Merck
  • Urovant plans to initiate a multinational Phase 3 registration program in 2017

BASEL, Switzerland, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Roivant Sciences, a global healthcare company focused on realizing the full value of promising biomedical research to improve the lives of patients and their families, today announced the formation of Urovant Sciences, a new company focused on developing innovative therapies for urologic conditions.

Urovant’s lead therapeutic candidate is vibegron, an oral β3-adrenergic agonist being developed for the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency. Urovant has licensed global rights, excluding Japan and certain Asian territories, for the development and commercialization of vibegron (formerly MK-4618) from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA.

Over 2,700 patients with symptoms of overactive bladder have been enrolled in clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of vibegron, including a completed global randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active comparator-controlled Phase 2b study of over 1,300 subjects that met its primary endpoints and key secondary endpoints, as well as a completed randomized, placebo and active comparator-controlled Phase 3 study of over 1,000 patients conducted outside of the United States that met its primary and key secondary endpoints. Urovant plans to initiate a multinational Phase 3 registration program for vibegron in 2017.

“We are delighted to welcome another ‘Vant’ to our growing family of companies,” said Vivek Ramaswamy, founder and CEO of Roivant Sciences. “Urologic conditions such as overactive bladder adversely impact millions of individuals, and the current treatment options are unsatisfactory for many patients. Our aim is to provide patients with better options as quickly as possible.”

About Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition that affects potentially 46 million American adults. The most common symptoms of OAB include the experience of sudden urges to urinate that cannot be controlled, frequent urination, and urinary incontinence due to involuntary contractions of the detrusor muscle. While several conditions may contribute to signs and symptoms of overactive bladder, the underlying cause of OAB remains unclear.

About Vibegron

Vibegron is an investigational oral β3-adrenergic agonist being studied for overactive bladder (OAB). β3-adrenergic receptors play a role in the bladder fill-void cycle. By stimulating that pathway, vibegron has the potential to relax the bladder detrusor muscle. Relaxing the bladder allows it to store urine more efficiently, thereby decreasing the symptoms of OAB. Over 2,700 patients with symptoms of OAB have previously been enrolled in clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of vibegron.

About Urovant Sciences

Urovant Sciences is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for urologic conditions. Urovant’s lead investigational drug is vibegron, a potent and selective β3-adrenergic agonist being developed for the treatment of overactive bladder.

About Roivant Sciences

Roivant Sciences delivers R&D solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry and academic institutions through partnerships designed to realize the full potential of promising biomedical research. Roivant advances its drug pipelines through wholly- or majority-owned subsidiary companies, including Axovant (neurology), Myovant (women’s health and endocrine diseases), Dermavant (dermatology), Enzyvant (rare diseases), and Urovant (urology). Roivant’s partners include Merck, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Eisai, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Duke University, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Our long-range mission is to reduce the time and cost of developing new medicines for patients and to share those savings with the healthcare system.

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