Former Pfizer executive brings wealth of rare disease drug development and portfolio optimization expertise
May 29, 2014
Retrophin, Inc. today announced the hiring of Alvin Shih, M.D. as Executive Vice President of Research and Development, effective June 2, 2014. In this role, he will oversee all medical, clinical and research functions. Dr. Shih joins Retrophin from Pfizer Inc., where he was Chief Operating Officer of the Rare Disease Research Unit.
“I am delighted to welcome Alvin to the Retrophin team in this very important leadership position,” said Martin Shkreli, Founder and CEO of Retrophin. “His rare disease R&D experience and business acumen will be invaluable as we continue to advance and grow our pipeline of drugs for patients suffering from serious diseases that currently have no viable treatment options.”
“Retrophin’s focus on overlooked diseases and its propensity for strategic transactions are an ideal fit with my prior experiences and areas of interest,” said Dr. Shih. “I look forward to helping Retrophin develop treatments that have the potential to significantly improve and save patients’ lives.”
At Pfizer, Dr. Shih was responsible for strategic initiatives and operational functions of the Rare Disease Research Unit. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Shih was a senior engagement manager for L.E.K. Consulting, LLC, where he provided life sciences companies with strategic counsel on M&A transactions and growth development. Earlier in his career, Dr. Shih completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Shih earned a B.A. in biology from Vanderbilt University, an MBA in health industry management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and an MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Retrophin is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development, acquisition and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of serious, catastrophic or rare diseases for which there are currently no viable options for patients. The Company’s marketed products include Chenodal® and Vecamyl®, and its pipeline includes compounds for several catastrophic diseases, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), schizophrenia, autism, infantile spasms, nephrotic syndrome and others. Retrophin intends to reintroduce Syntocinon Nasal Spray in the U.S. to assist initial postpartum milk ejection. For additional information, please visit www.retrophin.com.