AUSTIN, TX, July 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Akela Pharma, Inc. (TSX: AKL)
today announced that Mr. Robert W. Rieder is stepping down as Chairman
of the Board and as a member of the Board of Directors of Akela Pharma,
Inc. to continue his focus as CEO and Director of ESSA Pharma, Inc.
Akela also announced that Mr. Seth E. Lemler, of Lemler Capital
Advisors, LLC, has joined Akela's Board of Directors and has been named
Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Rieder joined the Board of Akela in May of 2009 and was elected as
Chairman of the Board in August 2009. "Bob has served and dedicated
many years as Chairman of the Board of Akela and has overseen the
Company through some challenging periods" said Mr. Rudy Emmelot,
President & CEO of Akela. "We are very thankful to Bob for his
steadfastness and leadership over the past several years and wish him
the best of success at ESSA Pharma."
The Company is proud to welcome Mr. Seth Lemler to the Akela Board of
Directors as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lemler currently runs Lemler
Capital Advisors and has a distinguished career that has encompassed
over 25 years of experience including working for Versa Capital
Management, Inc., Morgan Joseph & Co. and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Mr.
Lemler has advised businesses in industries ranging from health care
and manufacturing to technology and consumer products. Mr. Lemler's
breadth of experience spans nearly all aspects of operations and
finance. "We are proud to have Seth join the Akela Board of Directors
and serve as Chairman of the Board" said Mr. Emmelot. "Seth brings
tremendous experience and expertise to Akela having advised numerous
businesses on strategic planning and execution."
Mr. Lemler holds a Masters of Business Administration from the
University of Chicago's Booth Graduate School of Business and is a
graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned
a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.
About Akela Pharma, Inc.
Akela Pharma, Inc. is the parent company of PharmaForm, and its common
shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the symbol
"AKL" with 32.4 million shares outstanding.
PharmaForm, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Akela Pharma, Inc., is a
leading specialty contract manufacturer in the area of pharmaceutical
dosage form development, specializing in controlled release and
bioavailability enhancement technologies, such as hot melt extrusion,
spray drying, fluid bed processing, and liquid filled capsules. Through
its diverse offerings, PharmaForm solutions help pharmaceutical and
biotechnology clients reach their drug development targets, reduce
development costs and accelerate time-to-market for their products.
Akela Pharma Inc.'s common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange
("TSX") under the symbol "AKL" with 32.4 million shares outstanding.
This press release contains statements which may constitute
forward-looking information under applicable Canadian securities
legislation or forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1955. Such
forward-looking statements or information may include financial and
other projections as well as statements regarding the company's future
plans, objectives, performance, revenues, growth, profits, operating
expenses or the company's underlying assumptions. The words "may",
"would", "could", "will", "likely", "expect", anticipate", "intend",
"plan", "forecast", "project", "estimate" and "believe" or other
similar words and phrases may identify forward-looking statements or
information. Persons reading this press release are cautioned that such
statements or information are only expectations, and that the company's
actual future results or performance may be materially different.
Forward-looking statements or information in this press release include,
but are not limited to, statements or information concerning our
ongoing drug development programs and collaborations as well as the
possible receipt of future payments upon achievement of milestones.
Such forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual
results, events or developments to be materially different from
results, events or developments expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements or information. Such factors include, among
others, the possibility that risks associated with requirements for
approvals by government agencies such as the FDA before products can be
tested in clinical trials; the possibility that such government agency
approvals will not be obtained in a timely manner or at all or will be
conditioned in a manner that would impair our ability to advance
development; risks associated with the requirement that a drug
candidate be found safe and effective after extensive clinical trials;
our dependence on suppliers, collaborative partners and other third
parties and the prospects and timing for negotiating supply agreements,
corporate collaborations or licensing arrangements; our ability to
attract and retain key personnel; and other factors as described in
detail in our filings with the Canadian securities regulatory
authorities at http://www.sedar.com.
Assumptions underlying our expectations regarding forward-looking
statements or information contained in this press release include,
among others, that future clinical trial results will be favorable;
that our drug candidate will treat target diseases as intended; that we
will raise enough capital, on reasonable terms and in a timely manner;
that we will retain our key personnel; that we will obtain the
necessary regulatory approvals.
In the event that any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, or in
the event that we are impacted by any of the risks identified above, we
may not be able to continue in our business as planned.
For a complete discussion of the assumptions, risks and uncertainties
related to our business, you are encouraged to review our filings with
Canadian securities regulatory authorities, filed on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com.
All forward-looking statements and information made herein are based on
our current expectations as of the date hereof and we disclaim any
intention or obligation to revise or update such forward-looking
statements and information to reflect subsequent events or
circumstances, except as required by law.
SOURCE AKELA PHARMA INC.
For further information:
Akela Pharma, Inc.
Rudy J. Emmelot
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer