NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB:CTRV), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies, announced today that William Hornung has joined the Company as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hornung has over 22 years of finance and operations leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with companies such as PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTCT), Elan Pharmaceuticals, and The Liposome Company.
“We are excited for Bill to take on this important role at the Company, as we advance our business plan to fully develop FV-100 as a novel treatment for shingles,” said James Sapirstein, Chief Executive Officer of ContraVir Pharmaceuticals. “Bill’s experience in executing the finance function and contributing to the strategic planning and operations of emerging biopharmaceutical companies is essential, and will help ContraVir achieve its objective to become a leader in the antiviral drug segment.”
Prior to becoming CFO at ContraVir, Mr. Hornung held positions of increasing responsibility with PTC Therapeutics Inc., most recently serving as Vice President of Finance. During his tenure at PTC Therapeutics (December 2002 through March 2014), Mr. Hornung oversaw the IPO process, in which PTC became a publicly traded company. Mr. Hornung also held positions of increasing responsibility with Elan Pharmaceuticals (formerly The Liposome Company) from 1998 through 2002. At Liposome and Elan, he was responsible for strategic planning and operations of the company’s UK-based European headquarters. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hornung worked for a clinical research organization where he was responsible for project management and all financial aspects of the company. Mr. Hornung holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the William Paterson State University of New Jersey.
About ContraVir Pharmaceuticals
ContraVir is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of targeted antiviral therapies. ContraVir’s lead candidate, FV-100, is an orally available nucleoside analogue prodrug that is being developed for the treatment of herpes zoster, or shingles, which is an infection caused by the reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). Published preclinical studies demonstrate that FV-100 is significantly more potent against VZV than acyclovir, famcyclovir, and valacyclovir, the FDA approved drug for treating shingles. Moreover, FV-100 has been shown to have a more rapid onset of antiviral activity in preclinical models, and may fully inhibit the replication of VZV more rapidly than these drugs at significantly lower concentration levels and with a better dosing regimen. Phase I trials of FV-100 in volunteers were successfully completed, as well as a Phase IIa clinical trial in shingles patients. ContraVir plans to conduct a Phase IIb trial in patients with shingles to further explore FV-100’s potential to treat the long-lasting nerve pain typically associated with shingles. ContraVir was formed in May 2013 by Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SGYP) and spun off as an independent public company in January 2014. For more information, please visit www.contravir.com.
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