DUBLIN and MYSTIC, Conn., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq: AMRN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on cardiovascular disease, today announced that Colin W. Stewart has been appointed President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the Company's Board of Directors effective August 16, 2010. Mr. Stewart will be responsible for driving forward the Company's strategy to maximize the value of its lead product, AMR101, a new drug being studied in Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of high triglycerides. The Company announced last week that one of its Phase 3 trials, the MARINE trial, completed patient enrollment and randomization earlier than expected with top-line results now expected in early 2011.
Mr. Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in executive management and commercial positions for pharmaceutical companies, including five years as President and CEO of CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he was responsible for the company's growth leading to its successful sale in 2008.
In addition, Mr. Stewart served ten years with the ASTA Medica Group, where he managed several business units in the United States and internationally. He began his career in sales and marketing for Winthrop Laboratories, Ltd. in the United Kingdom, and subsequently held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the Sterling-Winthrop Group.
Dr. Declan Doogan, who has been serving as the Company's Interim CEO, will continue to support the Company as Chief Medical Officer providing Amarin access to the majority of his time.
Amarin's Chairman of the Board, Joseph Zakrzewski, commented, "We are very excited by the addition of Colin Stewart to the Amarin team. He brings a wealth of commercial and executive management experience, which complements the already strong t