Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today the appointment of Eric A. Hughes, MD, PhD as Executive Vice President, Global R&D and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Hughes will begin his employment on August 1, 2022, and will be based out of Teva’s U.S. headquarters in Parsippany, NJ.
Dr. Hughes joins Teva with nearly 20 years of experience in all phases of drug development in leading global pharmaceutical companies, most recently as Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Translational Medicine at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and prior to that as Head of the Immunology, Hepatology & Dermatology Global Development Unit at Novartis.
“Eric brings nearly 20 years of leadership roles with a proven track record in a variety of R&D functions for global pharmaceutical companies, and has a successful record of accomplishment fostering productive collaborations with key opinion leaders and patient advocacy groups,” said Kåre Schultz, Teva’s President and CEO. “As an accomplished scientist with specialty training in infectious diseases and immunology, combined with his track record of leading clinical development activities and talent across multiple therapeutic areas around the globe, I believe Eric has the experience and expertise to lead our Global R&D function and execute on the company-wide vision for innovation and growth going forward.”
Dr. Hughes stated, “I am thrilled to join Teva’s executive management team and lead its unique, integrated Global R&D organization. Building on Teva’s strong heritage of value creation, we have a tremendous opportunity to bring meaningful specialty, biologics and generics medicines to patients worldwide.”
Kåre Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and our leadership team, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Hafrun Fridriksdottir for over 25 years of service to Teva and its legacy companies. Hafrun has been an integral part of my Executive Management team and I wish her good luck as she embarks on her next adventure.”
Eric A. Hughes bio
Dr. Hughes has held senior positions at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. based global biotechnology company and at Novartis. He launched his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 2004, in early clinical research at Bristol Myers-Squibb Company and then at Schering-Plough Research Institute. He then had a one-year stint at Merck Research Laboratories as Director of Clinical Research for Clinical Hepatology before returning to Bristol Myers-Squibb in 2010.
Dr. Hughes was the Medical Lead in Global Clinical Research for Virology at Bristol Myers-Squibb and his career there culminated as Head of Virology, Fibrotic Diseases, Genetically Defined Diseases, Autoimmunity, and Cardiology Exploratory Clinical & Translational Research where he managed teams responsible for discovery medicine and biomarkers, driving the development from First-in-Human to Proof of Concept. He also led due diligence and integration teams.
Dr. Hughes earned his MD and PhD at Yale School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency with the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a prolific and widely published scientist, co-authoring more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a deep passion for helping patients.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) has been developing and producing medicines to improve people’s lives for more than a century. We are a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Around 200 million people around the world take a Teva medicine every day, and are served by one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with our established presence in generics, we have significant innovative research and operations supporting our growing portfolio of specialty and biopharmaceutical products.