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NeurogesX Appoints Seasoned Sales and Marketing Executive as New Board Director
Date:11/24/2009

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeurogesX, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGSX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel pain management therapies, today announced the appointment of John A. Orwin to its Board of Directors, effective November 19, 2009. Mr. Orwin is a 20-year sales and marketing veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry and has been instrumental in the launch of several important therapeutics.

Mr. Orwin currently serves as Senior Vice President, BioOncology Business Unit at Genentech, Inc., a wholly-owned member of the Roche Group. In this role he is responsible for marketing, sales, business unit and late stage pipeline brand management for the largest oncology portfolio in the United States. Mr. Orwin led the successful introduction of several indications for the blockbuster products Avastin®, Rituxan®, Herceptin®, and Tarceva® in the United States. He has also served as a member of the several governance committees between Genentech and Roche, Biogen Idec, and OSI Pharmaceuticals.

From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Orwin achieved increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, up to Franchise Vice President, Oncology Franchise at Tibotec Therapeutics, a division of Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. His previous experience includes the positions of Senior Director, Oncology Marketing at Alza Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Johnson & Johnson); Vice President, Marketing at Sangstat Medical Corporation; Marketing Director, Asthma at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals; and Product Manager, Schering Oncology/Biotech at Schering-Plough Corporation. He led the successful launch of Taxotere in the United States while at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Thymoglobulin for Sangstat Medical Corporation.

Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chairman of the NeurogesX Bo
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