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James Tursi

Chief Medical Officer
Aralez Pharmaceuticals


Dr. James Tursi is Chief Medical Officer of Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. and served in this role with the company’s predecessor, POZEN Inc., since October 1, 2015. Dr. Tursi has over 11 years of extensive experience developing pharmaceuticals across a number of therapeutic areas. Prior to joining the company, he served as Chief Medical Officer of Innocoll AG where he was responsible for managing all clinical research and development, medical affairs and safety activities. Prior to joining Innocoll, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. from 2011 to 2015, where he previously held the position of Vice President of Clinical Research & Development from 2009 to 2011. He was responsible for oversight of clinical and nonclinical development programs, clinical operations, medical affairs and global safety activities. Dr. Tursi served as the clinical medical safety lead for all regulatory agency interactions with the FDA, Europe and Canada. Prior to Auxilium, he served as Director of Medical Affairs for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals from 2006 to 2009 and directed all medical affairs responsibilities for cervical cancer vaccines in North America. Dr. Tursi entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2004 as a Medical Director for Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals until 2006. He worked on several products and therapeutic areas, which included female sexual dysfunction, overactive bladder, and osteoporosis. His responsibilities included clinical development and medical affairs. Dr. Tursi was a board certified OB/GYN and practiced medicine and surgery for over 10 years. Dr. Tursi received his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Tursi serves as a member of the board of directors of Agile Therapeutics.

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