Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Alder became our Executive Vice President for Business Development and Licensing in October 2014. Prior to joining Sucampo, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Cytos Biotechnology AG, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of targeted immunotherapies, from 2013 to October 2014 .
From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Alder held various roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President Administration, General Counsel and Secretary, Legal Affairs, Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer, and Manager of Human Resources, Quality Assurance, Drug Safety and Intellectual Property at Micromet Inc., which was acquired by Amgen. Mr. Alder was also a partner in the Life Sciences Transactions Practice at Cooley LLP from 1997 to 2006, where he represented biotech companies in strategic transactions with pharmaceutical companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Alder was in-house counsel at Ciba-Geigy and Novartis.
Mr. Alder earned law degrees from the University of Basel and the University of Miami and is qualified to practice law in Switzerland and the U.S.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of specialized medicines that meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide. Sucampo has two marketed products – AMITIZA, its lead product, and RESCULA – and a late-stage pipeline of product candidates in clinical development for orphan disease areas. VTS-270 is a mixture of 2-hydroxypropyl-B-cyclodextrins with a specific compositional fingerprint that has been granted orphan designation in the U.S. and Europe and is in a pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trial for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C-1. Sucampo has an option for the North American rights to CPP1- x/sulindac, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of familial adenomatous polyposis and has been granted orphan drug designation in the U.S. A global company, Sucampo is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and has operations in Japan and Switzerland.