Pacira BioSciences Appoints Four New Independent Directors to its Board of Directors

-- Enhances diversity and expertise in key areas including scientific, commercial, and financial --

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacira BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCRX), the industry leader in its commitment to non-opioid pain management and regenerative health solutions, today announced the appointments of Marcelo Bigal, MD, PhD, Abraham Ceesay, Michael Yang, and Alethia Young, to its Board of Directors effective immediately.

“We are pleased to welcome these four highly seasoned executives to our Board of Directors, whose experience will enhance our board as we advance on our strategic objectives across multiple key areas,” said Dave Stack, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacira BioSciences.

Paul Hastings, Lead Independent Director of the Pacira Board, added, “The addition of these new directors underscores our commitment to ensuring strong corporate governance by maintaining a diversity of skills, experience, and perspectives on our board. We look forward to their contributions going forward as we continue to build upon our leadership position in non-opioid pain management.”

Each of the new directors adds diversity of experience and background to the Pacira board of directors, while also enhancing racial and gender diversity. Following these director appointments, Pacira will have 12 experienced directors, all with relevant industry experience.

About Marcelo Bigal, MD, PhD

Dr. Bigal is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ventus Therapeutics and brings extensive experience in neurology to the Pacira Board of Directors. He has published over 330 peer-reviewed papers in the field of neurology, as well as five books. He has been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology with the Harold G. Wolff Award for excellence in research in neurology.

Dr. Bigal has over 15 years of pharmaceutical experience spanning research and development; medical affairs; and scientific affairs. Prior to Ventus, he was CMO and Head of Specialty Research and Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals, as well as CMO at Labrys Biologicals, leading the team that developed fremanezumab (AJOVY®) for several forms of migraine, as well as deutetrabenazine (AUSTEDO®) for the treatment of Huntington's disease and tardive dyskinesia, as well as other medicines in neurology, psychiatry, pain, and respiratory diseases approved in the US, Canada, and EU.

Prior to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Bigal was a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, as well as the Director of Research at New England Center for Headache and Director of Research at Montefiore Headache Center.

About Abraham Ceesay

Mr. Ceesay brings nearly two decades of biopharmaceutical industry experience to the Pacira Board of Directors. He is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Rapport Therapeutics. Before Rapport, he served as President of Cerevel Therapeutics from May 2021 through February 2023, and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Tiburio Therapeutics, where he built a fully integrated company that led to the investigational new drug enablement for a rare neuroendocrine tumor. Prior to joining Tiburio, Mr. Ceesay held positions including Chief Operating Officer at scPharmaceuticals, Head of Commercial at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Vice President of Marketing at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and roles of increasing responsibility at Sanofi, formerly Genzyme. Mr. Ceesay serves as Chairman of the Board for Life Science Cares and on the Board of Trustees at The Museum of Science in Boston.

About Michael Yang

Mr. Yang has more than 20 years of broad commercialization and senior level leadership experience in biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies, where he launched new platforms, expanded global revenues, and diversified product lines. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ViaCyte, which was acquired by Vertex in 2022. Prior to ViaCyte, Mr. Yang was Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Acadia Pharmaceuticals from 2017 to 2021. During his tenure, Acadia transformed the standard of care for patients with Parkinson's disease psychosis. Prior to Acadia, Mr. Yang was President of Janssen Biotech Inc., where was responsible for building Janssen's U.S. immunology business, generating more than $8 billion in annual revenues.

About Alethia Young

Ms. Young is currently Chief Financial Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. Previously, Ms. Young was Chief Financial Officer at Graphite Bio, and prior to that, she served as Senior Biotech Analyst and Head of Research at Cantor Fitzgerald, managing the Equity Research Department covering small-cap, mid-cap and large-cap biotechnology companies. Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald in 2018, Ms. Young held senior biotech analyst positions at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Earlier in her career, she was a research policy analyst and President at Marwood Group, providing healthcare-focused advisory services to institutional investors. She began her career at J.P. Morgan in the investment banking and asset management divisions.

About Pacira

Pacira BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCRX) is committed to providing non-opioid pain management options to as many patients as possible to redefine the role of opioids as rescue therapy only. The company is also developing innovative interventions to address debilitating conditions involving the sympathetic nervous system, such as cardiac electrical storm, chronic pain, and spasticity. Pacira has three commercial-stage non-opioid treatments: EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), a long-acting local analgesic currently approved for infiltration, fascial plane block, and as an interscalene brachial plexus nerve block for postsurgical pain management; ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension), an extended-release, intra-articular injection indicated for the management of osteoarthritis knee pain; and ioveraº®, a novel, handheld device for delivering immediate, long-acting, drug-free pain control using precise, controlled doses of cold temperature to a targeted nerve. To learn more about Pacira, including the corporate mission to reduce overreliance on opioids, visit

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