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Optimer Pharmaceuticals Expands Senior Management Team
Date:5/3/2011

ll as the antifungal, antibacterial, vaccines, HIV and hepatitis C teams (including the development and recent filing of boceprevir).  Previously, Dr. Ruiz held several leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she gained global early and late clinical development and medical affairs experience in infectious diseases (HIV- Sustiva®, Reyataz®; hepatitis B-Baraclude®) and immunology (rheumatoid arthritis- Orencia® and transplant- belatacept).  Prior to initiating her career as a clinician and clinical investigator, Dr. Ruiz received her B.A. at Temple University in Philadelphia and her M.D. at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.  She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Ms. Schwalm brings a strong track record of growth and development in hospital and specialty markets during her 30 years of experience in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and health care delivery. She joins Optimer from Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the U.S. commercial arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., LTD, where she served as President. Ms. Schwalm had full operating responsibilities for Eisai Pharmaceuticals where she led commercial, medical and manufacturing functions. Her team built independent commercial capabilities for Eisai and drove double digit top line and bottom line P&L growth during her tenure. She came to Eisai in 2008 from Amgen Inc. where, over the course of her five-year tenure, she rose to Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. oncology business.  Under her leadership, the unit's annual revenues tripled to over $5 billion, as she directed approximately 500 people in all areas of oncology strategy and commercialization.  Prior to Amgen, she spent 18 years at Johnson & Johnson holding positions of increasing
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