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Nordic Group B.V. Announces Jai G. Parekh, MD, MBA as Chief Commercial Officer, Eye Care U.S.

Announced through its subsidiary Amring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BERWYN, PA — Amring Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Amring), a subsidiary of Nordic Group B.V. (Nordic Pharma), announces Jai G. Parekh, MD, MBA as Chief Commercial Officer, Eye Care U.S.

Nordic Pharma recently expanded its pharmaceutical expertise in the U.S. by acquiring Visant Medical, Inc. (Visant), a leader in medical technology innovation in Dry Eye Disease (DED). This included the FDA-cleared hyaluronic acid derivative LACRIFILL®, a canalicular occlusive device, which is intended to temporarily block tear drainage by the occlusion of the canalicular system.

“With this exciting acquisition and our global plans for LACRIFILL, Dr. Parekh’s 25 years of eye care experience, strategic leadership, and deep understanding of eye care and the industry, make him the perfect choice to guide our commercial entry into the U.S. market,” said Charlotte Phelps, CEO, Nordic Pharma. “As a practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Parekh’s patient-driven focus will also be invaluable for making a sustainable impact on the health of people with dry eye disease.”
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Philip Gioia, president of the U.S. team that will launch LACRIFILL under the Nordic Pharma brand said “I look forward to partnering with Jai in his new role. I’ve had the great opportunity to work with him while at other leading global Ophthalmology companies. He brings a world class, innovative, fresh perspective to eye care and his background, experience and reputation in our industry is second to none. In addition, having Andy Corley of Yelroc Consulting as a commercial advisor to Nordic Pharma following the Visant Medical acquisition, clearly sets us up for excellence as we prepare to launch LACRIFLL later this year.”

“I am honored to be a part of Nordic Pharma, a company known for its commitment to innovation and improving patient outcomes,” said Dr. Parekh. “I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of the organization by helping lead impactful commercial strategies. There are many ways to take care of dry eye patients and with this huge market opportunity, we believe LACRIFILL will be a significant part of the armamentaria.”
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In addition to Dr. Parekh’s appointment, Nordic Pharma has formed its U.S. Medical Advisory Board which includes Richard Lindstrom, MD (Minnesota), Vance Thompson, MD (South Dakota), Preeya Gupta, MD (North Carolina), Paul Karpecki, OD (Kentucky), Lisa Nijm, MD, JD (Illinois), and Selina McGee, OD (Oklahoma). Dr. Parekh continued, “I’m excited to have many of the top eye care leaders on our Medical Advisory Board. Together, we will help serve the unmet needs of so many ophthalmic patients in a state-of-the-art fashion.”

To start their new roles, Dr. Parekh and Andy Corley are representing Nordic Pharma at the Hawaiian Eye and Retina 2024 meeting this week. During the meeting they will be sharing LACRIFILL’s benefits with physicians and leaders in ophthalmology while also providing select pre-order opportunities.

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