DUBLIN/PRNewswire/ -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) today announced that Michael E. Greenberg, PhD will join its Board of Directors effective immediately, as part of the company's ongoing board refreshment process. Dr. Greenberg is the Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard University and the Co-Lead of the Allen Discovery Center for Human Brain Evolution at Harvard Medical School. He brings a nearly 35-year track record of groundbreaking scientific discoveries in neurobiology to Allergan's Board.
"With our focus on central nervous system therapies and our goal of harnessing the best science from across the innovation ecosystem, Dr. Michael Greenberg will be a great addition to our Board," said Brent L. Saunders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Allergan. "Dr. Greenberg's findings have expanded the understanding of the molecular basis of the major events in neural development, the neural responses to injury and disease and the potential for treatment. His scientific leadership and impeccable background of discovery in neurobiology and academic medicine make him a highly valuable addition to the Allergan Board of Directors."
"The appointment of Dr. Greenberg, who joins the Allergan Board as the fifth new Director in 18 months, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to recruit highly qualified leaders with relevant skills and experience that will help us advance our strategy and leadership in key therapeutic areas," said Chris Coughlin, Lead Independent Director. "The Allergan Board has been actively involved in a refreshment process to update its membership with the appropriate experience, talent and diversity to more strongly position Allergan as a premier biopharmaceutical company and create value for shareholders."
Dr. Greenberg has been Harvard University's Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology since 2008. He has been a Co-Leader of Harvard Medical School's Allen Discovery Center for Human Brain Evolution since 2017 and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology since 2008. He was also Founding Director of the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Children's Hospital Boston, where he continues to serve as director. Prior to that he was a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
In the 1980's, Dr. Greenberg made a series of landmark discoveries that demonstrated that neural activity activates gene transcription, a now central tenet of neurobiology. In 2001, Greenberg and his team uncovered how a particular calcium channel leads to the expression of genes important for learning and memory, as well as for the survival of the neuron itself.
"I am proud to join Allergan's Board as the company focuses more resources on cutting edge science, especially in neuroscience," said Dr. Greenberg. "I look forward to working with Allergan's Board and management team, as well as its R&D leaders to help enhance the company's world-class R&D capabilities and industry-leading pipeline, and ensure the company delivers long-term value."
Dr. Greenberg earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Rockefeller Universityand a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Decibel Therapeutics.
In addition, Fred G. Weiss will retire from the Allergan Board of Directors effective October 2018. Mr. Weiss joined the Board of Directors in 2000 and is the company's longest serving board member. Mr. Weiss is the chair of Allergan's Audit & Compliance Committee and a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.
In congratulating Mr. Weiss on his retirement, Allergan Board of Directors Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair Chris Bodine said, "Fred Weiss has been a brilliant, solid and reliable stalwart on our board dating back to Watson Pharmaceuticals. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank Fred for his long-standing service to Allergan for nearly two decades. His leadership of the Audit Committee has been remarkable, and the board will miss his many excellent contributions."
Following the retirement of Mr. Weiss and the addition of Dr. Greenberg, Allergan's Board of Directors will continue to have 12 members of which 10 are independent. The addition of Dr. Greenberg brings the average tenure of Allergan's Board of Directors to less than 5 years and demonstrates an effective refreshment process resulting in a balanced mix of backgrounds and fresh perspectives.
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Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical leader. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world. Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.