Viking Therapeutics (VKTX) Appoints Kathy Rouan, Ph.D. to Board

July 2, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

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Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VKTX) today announced the appointment of Kathy Rouan, Ph.D., to its board of directors. With nearly 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, Dr. Rouan provides Viking with drug discovery and development expertise across a broad range of therapeutic areas including gastroenterology, cardiovascular, immune-inflammation and oncology.

Dr. Rouan most recently served as senior vice president and head of Projects, Clinical Platforms and Sciences (PCPS) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK's PCPS encompasses the company's global clinical operations, statistics and programming, clinical pharmacology, GCP quality, third party resourcing and project management functions and includes approximately 1,800 individuals in 20 countries. Dr. Rouan first joined GSK in 1989 with a background in pharmaceutical sciences, focusing on formulation development of protein pharmaceuticals. In 1993, she transitioned into project leadership and management becoming vice president and head of metabolism and pulmonary project management in 1999.

In 2007, Dr. Rouan led the development, submission and approval of Arzerra® (ofatumumab) for refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In 2012, she became head of biopharmaceutical development, assuming responsibility for delivery of GSK's portfolio of biopharmaceutical medicines. In December 2013, Dr. Rouan was appointed senior vice president and head of research and development for Stiefel, GSK's dermatology therapy area unit.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Rouan join our board of directors at this exciting time in the company's history," said Brian Lian, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Viking. "Her extensive experience in drug development adds breadth and depth to the company's board and management expertise. She has established an impressive track record during her career with GSK, contributing to many of the company's successful therapeutic programs across a range of indications. We look forward to leveraging her experience as we continue to advance our clinical-stage programs, led by VK2809 for the treatment of NASH."

Dr. Rouan earned a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Rhode Island and a B.Pharm. from the University of London. Dr. Rouan is also a member of the board of directors of Navidea Pharmaceuticals.

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