Heron Therapeutics Enters into Cooperation Agreement with Rubric Capital and Velan Capital
Heron Therapeutics, a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on improving the lives of patients by developing and commercializing therapeutic innovations that improve medical care, today announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with two of its shareholders, Rubric Capital and Velan Capital Investment Management LP.
As part of the agreement, Heron has agreed to appoint Craig Collard, former President & Chief Executive Officer at Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, and Adam Morgan, Chief Investment Officer at Velan, to the Company’s Board of Directors. Additionally, as a result of Heron’s ongoing refreshment process, the Company will appoint Kevin Kotler, Founder and Portfolio Manager of Broadfin Capital, to the Board. Current directors Stephen Davis and Kimberly Manhard will be leaving the Board. With these changes, the Heron Board will expand to eight directors, seven of whom are independent, and all of whom will stand for election to the Board at the upcoming 2023 Annual Meeting. Heron also announced it will separate the roles of Chairman and CEO after the conclusion of its 2023 Annual Meeting.
“Heron is committed to the ongoing renewal of its Board to ensure we maintain diverse and qualified directors who are charged with assisting to drive shareholder value,” said Barry Quart, Pharm.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Heron. “Craig, Adam and Kevin bring valuable expertise to the Board, and we are confident that Heron shareholders will benefit greatly from their experience across the medical technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. On behalf of the entire Board and management team, I would like to thank Stephen Davis and Kimberly Manhard for their service as directors of Heron.”
Quart continued, “Today, Heron has a strong portfolio of four commercialized products, and we have made important advances in both our acute care and oncology care franchises. In 2023, we expect significant potential growth of ZYNRELEF, the launch of APONVIE in the U.S., and continued growth of our oncology care franchise. I look forward to working alongside Craig, Adam and Kevin and my other fellow Board members, as well as the management team, to build on the momentum we have underway.”
David Rosen, Managing Partner of Rubric, said, “We appreciate the dialogue we have had with the Heron Board and management team and are confident that the changes announced today will help Heron focus on the goal of enhancing value for all shareholders. With a refreshed and aligned Board, we believe that Heron is poised for continued growth and value creation.”
Adam Morgan, Chief Investment Officer of Velan, said, “Velan invested in Heron because we believe it represents an undervalued company despite its advanced science, patented technologies, and an innovative approach to drug discovery and development. I look forward to working closely with my fellow directors to help enhance value for all shareholders.”
Under the terms of the cooperation agreement, Rubric and Velan have agreed to customary standstill, voting commitments and other provisions. A copy of the cooperation agreement will be included in a Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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