Former B+L, Abbott and Alcon Executive To Lead Company Through Multiple Product Development, Clinical Trial, and Commercialization Programs
Bernhard Günther, Co-founder of Novaliq, Named Chief Innovation Officer
Novaliq GmbH, a specialty pharmaceutical company with a disruptive drug delivery platform that transforms poorly soluble drugs into effective ocular therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Christian Roesky, PhD, as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective November 1, 2016. Dr. Roesky will lead Novaliq as it develops and brings to market innovative therapeutics for a broad range of ophthalmic indications, including dry eye, glaucoma and retina diseases. Bernhard Günther, formerly Novaliq’s CEO, will take on the new role of Chief Innovation Officer.
“We are very pleased to have Christian join Novaliq’s senior executive team as CEO,” said Friedrich von Bohlen, PhD, Chairman of the Board, Novaliq GmbH. “His experience and proven leadership will be highly beneficial as we move our many drug candidates through product development, clinical trials, approvals and commercialization. I want to recognize and thank Bernhard for his numerous contributions to Novaliq. As the company’s co-founder, Bernhard has led Novaliq to develop a unique ocular therapeutics delivery technology, to raise capital, and to hire a world-class team that has resulted in the development of the current line of innovative products and the successful market launch of NovaTears®, the first innovative EyeSol® product. Under Christian’s leadership and Bernhard’s continued support and guidance, I am confident that Novaliq will continue to drive exceptional growth and reach its business goals.”
Dr. Roesky holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and brings more than 15 years of eye care as well as extensive operational experience at multiple international pharmaceutical companies to Novaliq. Previously, Dr. Roesky was general manager of Bausch + Lomb GmbH / Dr. Mann GmbH in Berlin; managing director of the Diagnostics Division, and general manager and speaker of the Country Management Board of Abbott GmbH & Co. KG in Wiesbaden; and, general manager of Alcon German & Austria (Novartis).
“It’s a very exciting time to join Novaliq,” said, Dr. Roesky. “In the past year, Novaliq has made tremendous progress to address unmet medical needs, which is strongly demonstrated by the successful launch of EvoTears® in Europe. The success of this launch emphasizes the benefits and efficacy of EyeSol technology positioning us well for the future. I look forward to working with the talented Novaliq team to deliver products that make a real difference to patients suffering from dry eye, glaucoma and retinal diseases.”
“As company founder and entrepreneur, I am keenly aware of the important clinical benefits our EyeSol delivery technology brings to our products,” said Mr. Günther. “I look forward to working with Christian and the Novaliq team in my new role to continue to advance the development of our EyeSol based dry eye, glaucoma and retina products.”