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Keith A. Katkin

Manager
pharmaceutical
Youdim Pharmaceuticals
Israel

Biography

  Mr. Katkin has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novus Therapeutics, Inc. since the acquisition of Otic Pharma, Ltd. by Novus Therapeutics (formerly Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) in May 2017.  Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Katkin served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Otic Pharma from 2015 to 2017.  Mr. Katkin previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, from 2007 to 2016. Mr. Katkin led the growth and ultimate sale of Avanir to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. for $3.5 billion.  Mr. Katkin joined Avanir in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a member of Avanir’s executive management team.  Prior to joining Avanir, Mr. Katkin served as Vice President, Commercial Development for Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, playing a key role in the concurrent initial public offering and ultimate sale of the company to Johnson and Johnson.  Additionally, Mr. Katkin’s employment experience includes leadership roles at InterMune, Inc., Amgen, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories.  Mr. Katkin currently serves on the Board of Director of Avanir, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., MC10, and the Brain Injury Association of America.  Mr. Katkin has an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Indiana University. Mr. Katkin is also a certified public accountant.

Research Interest

Pharmaceutical science 

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