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Oculis, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation topical ophthalmic treatments for acute and chronic back- and front-of-the-eye diseases, announces the appointments of Fabio Baschiera PharmD, MPh, Ph.D. as Vice President of Clinical Development, and Louie-Anne Gauthier M.Sc., as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Business Development and Licensing.

Dr. Riad Sherif, CEO of Oculis said: “We are delighted to welcome Fabio and Louie-Anne to the Oculis management team, bringing significant experience and expertise in their respective areas. These appointments are crucial to drive the Company’s global clinical and business development strategies, which are focused on advancing our pipeline of innovative topical (eye-drop) therapies for ophthalmic diseases. With these additions to our management team, our team is fortified with excellent and well-balanced leaders that are committed, focused and motivated to working together towards achieving our strategic goals.”

Dr. Fabio Baschiera joins Oculis bringing more than 20 years of experience in clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs specializing in the ophthalmic disease area. He joins from Novartis, where he served in a number of leadership roles, most notably as Global Clinical Operations Lead for Novartis Ophthalmic Franchise, contributing to the clinical data packages supporting the regulatory filings of a number of products, including Lucentis™ and brolucizumab. Dr. Baschiera was also a core member in the Alcon-Novartis Integration Team. He is a licensed Pharmacologist and received his Ph.D. in Physiopathology and Pharmacology from the University of Pisa (Italy).

Louie-Anne Gauthier joins Oculis from Pharmascience, a Canadian pharmaceuticals company, where she served in different leadership positions including Commercial Group Head, Commercial Head for the gastroenterology portfolio for its innovative division (Pendopharm) and as Director of Product Marketing and Market Access for Pharmascience Canada. Previously, Ms. Gauthier spent more than ten years with Novartis Canada, in different therapeutic areas, advancing to senior commercial positions. She holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration specialized in Marketing Research from HEC Montreal, Canada.