Ocular Therapeutix announced that in line with Ocular’s strategic plan and growth objectives, Antony Mattessich will succeed Amar Sawhney, PhD, as Chief Executive Officer, on or before September 30, 2017. Until that time, Dr. Sawhney will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, and will then transition to an Executive Chairman role. As Executive Chairman, Dr. Sawhney will continue to devote substantial business time to Ocular Therapeutix. Mr. Mattessich has also been elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
“I am tremendously excited to have Antony Mattessich join the Ocular Therapeutix team. Antony’s strong track record of commercial, operational and business development experience will build upon the research and development foundation established through the efforts of Ocular Therapeutix's founding team,” Dr. Sawhney said in a company news release. “Antony has over 25 years of experience building, managing and growing global pharmaceutical organizations to large, successful companies and brands. We are fortunate to be able to attract someone of his caliber to lead Ocular. In my capacity as Executive Chairman of the Board, I will continue to provide Ocular Therapeutix with my input and expertise to facilitate continuity and a smooth transition as we head to this exciting new phase for the company."
Mr. Mattessich brings a wealth of experience to Ocular Therapeutix, having held leadership roles for a number of global pharmaceutical companies across the US, Europe and Asia, including Novartis, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Merck & Co. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mattessich has developed expertise across multiple disciplines, including general management, global marketing, new product planning, R&D and business development. Most recently, Mr. Mattessich was the Managing Director of one of the world’s largest privately-owned pharmaceutical companies, Mundipharma. Antony holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkeley.
“It is an exciting time to join Ocular Therapeutix,” stated Mr. Mattessich. “I believe the company has tremendous potential and I look forward to applying my expertise to advancing Ocular’s robust pipeline of product candidates that the team has built under Amar’s guidance.”
To facilitate Mr. Mattessich’s election to the Board of Directors, James Garvey has resigned from the Board. Dr. Sawhney added, “As one of the earliest venture investors, we thank Jim for his many years of invaluable service on the Board of Directors.”