Allergan plc have 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.
Dr. Greenberg 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.
Brent L. Saunders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Allergan said, “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.”
Chris Coughlin, Lead Independent Director said,”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.
Michael E. Greenberg commented on his appointment, “I am proud to join Allergan’s Board as the company focuses more resources on cutting edge science, especially in neuroscience. 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.”
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.