TEL-AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on proprietary drugs for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced that it has strengthened its commercial management team by appointing board member, Mr. Rick D. Scruggs as chief operating officer, U.S. operations. Mr. Scruggs is responsible for leading the Company’s U.S. commercial operations, currently promoting four GI products, and the preparations for the potential commercial launch of TALICIA® (RHB-105)1 for eradication of H. pylori infection, planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Dror Ben-Asher, RedHill’s CEO, said: “We are pleased to have Rick join RedHill’s senior management team to strengthen our commercial operations in the U.S. With his vast knowledge of the GI space, Rick has a strong track record and tremendous experience in successfully launching GI products in the U.S. We are confident that RedHill will benefit from his extensive expertise as we pursue NDA filing for TALICIA® in the first half of this year, with potential commercial launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.” 

Rick D. Scruggs added: “I am delighted to join RedHill’s senior management team and help grow the Company’s strong commercial operations. We are very enthusiastic about working toward bringing TALICIA® to the market as a much-needed new therapy, and I look forward to expanding RedHill’s commercial operations with additional products and contributing to the success of the Company.”

With more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Scruggs brings extensive knowledge in commercial operations and business development. He most recently served as executive vice president of business development at Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Salix”), until its acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (now Bausch Health Companies Inc.). Mr. Scruggs joined Salix in 2000, after working at Oclassen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At Salix, Mr. Scruggs helped build the company’s commercial organization, serving in various sales and commercial trade-related positions. He was appointed executive vice president in 2011 and was responsible for all business development activities as well as the worldwide distribution of Salix’s innovative products and intellectual property. Mr. Scruggs also served as chairperson of the board of directors of Oceana Therapeutics, Salix’s European subsidiary.

Mr. Scruggs has served as a member of RedHill’s board of directors since January 1, 2016 and will continue to hold this position.

About RedHill Biopharma Ltd.
RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange: RDHL) is a specialty biopharmaceutical company, primarily focused on the development and commercialization of late-stage clinical, proprietary drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. RedHill commercializes and promotes four gastrointestinal products in the U.S.: Donnatal® - a prescription oral adjunctive drug used in the treatment of IBS and acute enterocolitis; Mytesi® - an anti-diarrheal drug indicated for the symptomatic relief of non-infectious diarrhea in adult patients with HIV/AIDS on anti-retroviral therapy; Esomeprazole Strontium Delayed-Release Capsules 49.3 mg - a prescription proton pump inhibitor indicated for adults for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other gastrointestinal conditions, and EnteraGam® - a medical food intended for the dietary management, under medical supervision, of chronic diarrhea and loose stools. RedHill’s key clinical-stage development programs include: (i) TALICIA® (RHB-105) for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection with two positive Phase 3 studies; (ii) RHB-104, with positive top-line results from a first Phase 3 study for Crohn's disease; (iii) RHB-204, with a planned pivotal Phase 3 study for pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections; (iv) BEKINDA® (RHB-102), with positive results from a Phase 3 study for acute gastroenteritis and gastritis and positive results from a Phase 2 study for IBS-D; (v) YELIVA® (ABC294640), a first-in-class SK2 selective inhibitor, targeting multiple oncology, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications, with an ongoing Phase 2a study for cholangiocarcinoma; (vi) RHB-106, an encapsulated bowel preparation licensed to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. and (vii) RHB-107 (formerly MESUPRON), a Phase 2-stage first-in-class, serine protease inhibitor, targeting cancer and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases.

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1 TALICIA® (RHB-105) is an investigational new drug, not available for commercial distribution.