DUBLIN, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Alkermes plc (NASDAQ: ALKS) today announced the appointment of Shane Cooke to Alkermes' Board of Directors, effective March 30, 2018. The election to the Board follows Mr. Cooke's notification of his plans to retire from Alkermes at the end of March 2018. The company intends to hire a successor.
"On behalf of the entire Alkermes team, I would like to thank Shane for his invaluable contributions and leadership during his tenure as President. During that time, Shane played a central role in setting the strategic vision for the company, and his personal integrity and commitment to the Alkermes community, and the patients we serve, has been unwavering," said Richard Pops, Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. "We are delighted that he will continue to provide his wealth of global healthcare and financial experience as a member of our Board of Directors."
"Since joining Alkermes in 2011 following the successful merger with Elan Drug Technologies, I have had the opportunity to work with many talented and dedicated colleagues and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together," said Mr. Cooke. "With its growing product portfolio, deep and broad pipeline of innovative CNS medicines, global presence and strong financial profile, Alkermes is well positioned for continued success. I look forward to continuing my work with Alkermes as a member of the Board, as the company enters its next stage of growth."
About Alkermes Alkermes plc is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The company has a diversified commercial product portfolio and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates for chronic diseases that include schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes' website at www.alkermes.com.
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