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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Names Richard A. Lewis, M.D., as Chair of Scientific Advisory Board

Companies mentioned in this article: Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

BEDMINSTER, N.J. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class glaucoma therapies, today announced that Richard A. Lewis, M.D., has been appointed as chair of Aerie’s Scientific Advisory Board, replacing David L. Epstein, M.D. Dr. Lewis’ appointment at Aerie is effective immediately.

“Dr. Lewis has an accomplished career as an esteemed clinical researcher and clinician, including in his own practice, and has held prominent leadership roles in the field of ophthalmology,” said Vicente Anido, Ph.D., Aerie’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased that he will now assume the chairmanship of our SAB, further contributing to the advancement of Aerie’s clinical programs.”

Dr. Anido continued, “Dr. Lewis replaces Dr. David Epstein, who had been an integral part of our success. David unexpectedly passed away recently, and we are greatly saddened by the loss of a great friend, colleague and mentor. Our sympathies are with his family.”

Dr. Lewis is the former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in clinical research in national and international clinical trials in glaucoma therapy. He is on the Executive Board of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as incoming President (April, 2014) and past president of the American Glaucoma Society (2000-02). Dr. Lewis is the medical editor emeritus of Glaucoma Today and on the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Journal of Glaucoma, Video Journal of Ophthalmology, and Ocular Surgery News. Dr. Lewis received his doctorate in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1978. His ophthalmology training included a residency at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, and a fellowship in glaucoma at the University Of Iowa Department Of Ophthalmology in Iowa City. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Lewis has published over eighty articles and book chapters focusing on glaucoma, ophthalmic surgery, and ophthalmic pharmacology.

About Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Aerie is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class glaucoma therapies. The Company is preparing for two Phase 3 registration trials where the primary efficacy endpoint will be to demonstrate non-inferiority of IOP lowering for Rhopressa™ (dosed once daily) compared to timolol (dosed twice daily). The Company is also currently executing a Phase 2b clinical trial where the primary efficacy endpoint is to demonstrate superiority of Roclatan™ to each of its components.

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