AP Pharma appoints oncology specialist as senior VP

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 Specialty pharmaceutical company AP Pharma has appointed the former global head of oncology at Bayer Healthcare as its senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer.

Robert Rosen will lead the launch of APF530, AP Pharma’s drug to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

He will become a director of the company once the drug has successfully establishes a market presence.

John Whelan, President and CEO of AP Pharma, said: “Robert’s deep and extensive experience commercialising oncology drugs will be instrumental as we enter the commercialisation phase of the company.”

AP Pharma specialises in developing injectable drugs using its Biochronomer polymer-based drug delivery platform, which can reduce the frequency of injection from daily to weekly or fortnightly.

APF30, the company’s lead product, is used to prevent both acute-onset and delayed-onset nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Rosen led Bayer’s cancer drugs operation from 2005 to 2011 – including the launch of Nexavar (sorafenib) for the treatment of renal cancers.

Before that, he was VP of oncology at Sanofi-Synthèlabo, where he was responsible for launching the colon cancer drug Eloxatin (oxaliplatin).