Synergy Pharmaceuticals Appoints Marino Garcia as Chief Strategy Officer

NEW YORK-- Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SGYP) today announced the appointment of Marino Garcia to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately. Marino has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and member of the leadership team since joining Synergy in March 2014. As Chief Strategy Officer, Marino will continue to drive all business development activities, as well as lead the planning and execution of Synergy’s corporate strategies and priorities.

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Marino Garcia, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)

Marino Garcia, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Marino has played a critical role in defining and advancing our strategic corporate initiatives as well as business development activities,” said Gary S. Jacob, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Synergy Pharmaceuticals. “As we move forward, Marino will be taking on expanded responsibilities in this new role which recognizes not only his prior efforts but my anticipation of all the important work he will be doing during this highly transformative period at Synergy.”

Mr. Garcia has over 20 years of experience in various commercial, new product planning and business development roles. Prior to joining Synergy, Mr. Garcia served as Vice President of Global Business Development at Aptalis Pharma, a privately held specialty company focused on the gastrointestinal and cystic fibrosis markets which was acquired by Forest Labs in early 2014. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Garcia served as Vice President of US Commercial Operations and New Product Development at Aspreva Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Zurich-based Vifor Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Garcia served in various U.S. and international leadership roles of increasing responsibility in companies like Eli Lilly & Co and Pfizer. Mr. Garcia received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in London, Ontario.

About Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Synergy is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel GI therapies. Our proprietary GI platform is based on uroguanylin and includes two lead product candidates – plecanatide and dolcanatide. Plecanatide is our first uroguanylin analog currently being evaluated for use as a once-daily tablet for two functional GI disorders, chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Plecanatide is a 16-amino acid peptide that is structurally identical to uroguanylin with the exception of a single amino acid change. Plecanatide is designed to mimic the function of uroguanylin by working locally in the upper GI tract to stimulate digestive fluid movement and support regular bowel function. Dolcanatide is our second uroguanylin analog currently being explored for inflammatory bowel disease. Dolcanatide is designed to be an analog of uroguanylin with enhanced resistance to standard digestive breakdown by proteases in the intestine. For more information, please visit www.synergypharma.com.

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Synergy Pharmaceuticals:
Gem Hopkins, 212-584-7610
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
ghopkins@synergypharma.com

Source: Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc.