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New General Manager at Ferring UK

Steve Howson has been appointed General Manager of Ferring UK, effective from 17 May 2010. He will be responsible for operations in the UK and in Malta.

Howson said: “I will be looking to accelerate further the strong growth shown by Ferring UK in recent years. Recent performance has been underpinned by excellence in marketing and a consistent drive to build sustainable value for stakeholders.

“As Ferring prepares to launch new products in both existing and new therapy areas, focus will be given to ensuring optimal access for both clinicians and their patients in order to meet areas of significant unmet need.”

He joins Ferring from his former position as COO of Medicsight, a medical imaging company specialising in the early detection of cancer, where he helped establish the commercial operation in target territories and contributed to laying the foundation for upcoming product launches.

Howson has over 20 years’ experience within the pharmaceutical industry, having held a variety of commercial positions with both Lundbeck and Shire Pharmaceuticals.

At Shire he established the UK Hospital Business Unit before moving into the International Division as Vice President International Commercial Operations. In this role he managed a diverse portfolio of products in addition to building key functions to support Shire’s international expansion.

His general management credentials were established with a secondment as General Manager to Shire Iberica, where he oversaw the launch of Fosrenol and reorganised the subsidiary to focus on core strategic products.

Gilles Pluntz, Senior Vice President Western Europe, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, said: “Steve’s background and experience in the UK market and the international pharmaceutical environment will be very valuable at Ferring. In particular, his keen interest and expertise on market access issues will help him manage current challenges and find new opportunities on the UK market.”

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