The Company expects to provide an update and additional details on U.S. commercialization plans once it learns the outcome of the FDA review of Qutenza in PHN.
In late September 2009, the Company completed the transfer of the Qutenza Marketing Authorization (MA) to Astellas, which is now the legal holder of the MA. In accordance with the licensing agreement between NeurogesX and Astellas, the MA transfer supports the E.U. launch of Qutenza for the treatment of neuropathic pain in non-diabetic adults, either alone or in combination with other medicinal products for pain. As a result of the MA transfer, Astellas is now responsible for ongoing maintenance of the MA, including certain post-marketing commitments for a safety and efficacy study of Qutenza.
In addition to Qutenza launch preparation activities, the Company appointed Bradford S. Goodwin to its Board of Directors as a director and Audit Committee chairman. Mr. Goodwin is currently President and CEO of Keren Pharmaceutical, nonexecutive chairman of Facet Biotech Corp. and a director of Rigel, Inc. He is a healthcare industry veteran that has held various senior executive positions at Novacea, Inc., Collabra Pharma, and Genentech, Inc.
Anthony DiTonno, President and CEO, commented, "The NeurogesX team continues to operate at exceptional levels as our focus remains squarely fixed on the upcoming PDUFA date for the potential U.S. approval of Qutenza in PHN. During the third quarter our commercialization readiness activities for Qutenza took center stage. Turning towards the E.U. launch, our highly collaborative and posit
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