LAVAL, QC, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Neurochem Inc. (NASDAQ: NRMX; TSX: NRM) is pleased to announce that Mr. Gary Schmid will join Neurochem, effective February 4, 2008, and will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new business Neurochem has announced it is creating to develop and market nutraceuticals. Mr. Schmid joins the Company from Sante Naturelle A.G. Limited, the international manufacturers and marketers of Quebec's market-leading Adrien Gagnon natural health brands. Mr. Schmid joined Sante Naturelle in May 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President and CEO later that year. In addition, Mr. Schmid spent 20 years at Abbott Laboratories Ltd. in a variety of positions of ever-increasing responsibility in sales and marketing where, in 2005, he was appointed General Manager, Abbott Nutrition.
"We are excited to welcome Mr. Schmid who will lead the team responsible for the commercialization of our first nutraceutical product, homotaurine, developed to enhance memory and cognition. The launch of homotaurine is planned in Canada in the near future, with subsequent commercial activities in other territories expected soon thereafter," said Dr. Francesco Bellini, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurochem. "Mr. Schmid's long track record and world-class marketing credentials will help create a unique, branded nutraceutical product company," he concluded.
As President and CEO of Sante Naturelle A.G., Mr. Schmid succeeded in developing and implementing that company's strategies to support future growth expectations, which translated into significantly increasing sales in domestic and export business segments and in the launch of 35 new products within 12 months.
Before joining Sante Naturelle, Mr. Schmid held positions with Abbott Laboratories Ltd. (Canada), where he served between 1985 and 2006, initially as a financial analyst with what was to become Abbott's nutrition division, and then rapidly moved into sales and marketing. Following a two-year assignment with Abbott International Ltd. in Chicago, Mr. Schmid returned to Canada in 1994 as National Sales Manager of the future nutrition division, progressed to a series of more responsible positions in marketing, including Marketing Director of Abbott's Pharma Division, before being appointed General Manager, Abbott Nutrition, in 2005. Mr. Schmid is a Commerce graduate of McGill University.
Neurochem Inc. is a global health company focused on the research, development and commercialization of products to provide innovative health solutions to patients suffering from serious diseases.
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