Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced that the board of directors appointed veteran pharmaceutical industry executive Victoria Vakiener, as an independent director of the company, with a term beginning effective May 2, 2022.

Douglass Given, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Arrowhead said, “Vicki is a senior executive with an impressive track record of leading organizations to successfully commercialize important medicines.”

“I’ve watched Arrowhead aggressively grow its pipeline and expand the reach of its RNAi technology over the years,” said Ms. Vakiener. “I am excited to join the Board now to help contribute to its next phase of growth as Arrowhead takes the necessary steps to become an emerging commercial stage company.”

Ms. Vakiener currently serves on the board of directors of Chimerix, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. From November 2018 through September 2021, she served as Chief Commercial Officer of Epizyme, Inc. where she built the commercial organization and launched TAZVERIK for two indications within six months. Prior to joining Epizyme, Ms. Vakiener was an executive at Johnson & Johnson for more than twenty years where she held positions of leadership with increasing responsibility across the company’s pharmaceutical and diagnostics businesses. Ms. Vakiener began her pharmaceutical career at Schering-Plough, where she spent nine years in both scientific and commercial roles. Ms. Vakiener received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Albright College.

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