11 January 2016

Directorate Change

VERONA PHARMA PLC - Directorate Change

PR Newswire

Verona Pharma plc

("Verona Pharma" or the "Company")

Directorate Change

11 January 2016, Cardiff – Verona Pharma plc (AIM: VRP.L), the drug development company focused on first-in-class medicines to treat respiratory diseases, announces the resignation of Biresh Roy, Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He will step down from the Board with immediate effect but will remain with Verona Pharma for up to six months to allow time for a suitable successor to be appointed and for an orderly handover. The Board has commenced a search for his successor and a further announcement will be made in due course.

Dr. David Ebsworth, Chairman of Verona Pharma, said: “The Board would like to thank Biresh for his many contributions to the Company. This has been a particularly formative time for Verona Pharma as it has delivered on important operational and clinical goals it set at the time of the 2014 Financing in a timely manner. Importantly, Biresh’s financial stewardship has also ensured that these goals have been met on, or ahead of, budget. We warmly wish Biresh all the best in his future endeavours.”


For further information please contact:

Verona Pharma plc
Jan-Anders Karlsson, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0)20 3283 4200
N+1 Singer
Aubrey Powell / Jen Boorer
Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
FTI Consulting
Simon Conway / Stephanie Cuthbert /
Natalie Garland-Collins
Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1000

Notes to Editors

About Verona Pharma plc

Verona Pharma plc is a UK-based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative prescription medicines to treat respiratory diseases with significant unmet medical needs, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and cystic fibrosis. 

Verona Pharma's lead drug, RPL554, is a first-in-class drug currently in Phase II trials as a nebulised treatment for acute exacerbations of COPD in the hospital setting.  The drug is a dual phosphodiesterase (PDE) 3/4 inhibitor and therefore has both bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory effects, which are essential to the improvement of patients with COPD and asthma. 

Verona Pharma is also building a broader portfolio of RPL554-containing products to maximise its benefit to patients and its value.  This includes the very significant markets for COPD and asthma maintenance therapy.  The Company is also exploring the potential of the drug in different diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, where it is in pre-clinical testing and has received a Venture and Innovation Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

For further information please contact:


Verona Pharma plc
Jan-Anders Karlsson, CEO
Victoria Stewart, Director of Communications
Tel: +44 (0)20 3283 4200

N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser and UK Broker)
Aubrey Powell /Jen Boorer /Iqra Amin (Corporate Finance)
Brough Ransom /Mia Gardner (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0)20 3283 4200



Optimum Strategic Communications
(European Media and Investor enquiries)
Mary Clark, Annemarieke Ezendam
Hollie Vile
Tel: +44 (0) 203 950 9144

Argot Partners (Investor enquiries)
Stephanie Marks
Tel. +1 646 644 9590


Verona Pharma plc
3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2RE
T: +44 (0)203 283 4200

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