Adial Pharmaceuticals Engages The Keswick Group to Advance Partnering Activities for the Clinical Development of AD04 for Alcohol Use Disorder
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 21, 2023 — Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADIL; ADILW) (“Adial” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for the treatment and prevention of addiction and related disorders, today announced it has engaged The Keswick Group, LLC, a biotech strategic commercial and business development advisory firm, to advance the Company’s partnering activities. The Keswick Group is led by Tony Goodman, a current member of Adial’s board of directors.
Mr. Goodman’s career spans over 23 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He is the founder and Managing Director of The Keswick Group, LLC. From October 2014 until February 2017, he served as the Chief Business Development Officer of Indivior PLC (INDV, FTSE 500) and a member of the executive team which brought Indivior public as a demerger from Reckitt Benckiser, Inc., the parent company of Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals (“RBP”). Mr. Goodman held many leadership positions at RBP from 2006 until October 2014 that included Global Director, Commercial Development and Strategic Planning; Global Head, Category Development; Director of US Business Development; and Director of US Commercial Managed Care. During his time at RBP, revenue grew to over $1 billion annually in the addiction market. Mr. Goodman has also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at PRA International. Mr. Goodman graduated from Marshall University with a degree in Business Administration and is currently a Full Board Executive with the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”).
Cary Claiborne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adial, stated, “Following our latest analysis of the ONWARD™ data, which identified specific genotypes in which AD04 achieved a statistically significant reduction of heavy drinking days as measured by the responder analysis applied to stringent FDA clinical endpoints, as well as our progress in securing meetings with regulatory agencies in both the U.S. and Europe in Q2 2023, we are actively advancing discussions with a variety of potential strategic partners that could enable us to bring AD04 to large markets in the most cost-effective and timely manner. As a result, Adial’s management and board of directors decided that this was the appropriate time to engage an experienced executive solely focused on identifying, evaluating and advancing our strategic options. Having held senior leadership and business development positions at a variety of pharmaceutical companies, including working closely with me at Indivior, Tony is ideally suited for this role given his expansive knowledge of and experience in strategically important partnering transactions and extensive relationships in the healthcare market.”
About Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adial Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addictions and related disorders. The Company’s lead investigational new drug product, AD04, is a genetically targeted, serotonin-3 receptor antagonist, therapeutic agent for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in heavy drinking patients and was recently investigated in the Company’s ONWARD™ pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for the potential treatment of AUD in subjects with certain target genotypes (estimated to be approximately one-third of the AUD population) identified using the Company’s companion diagnostic genetic test. ONWARD showed promising results in reducing drinking in heavy drinking patients, and no overt safety or tolerability concerns. AD04 is also believed to have the potential to treat other addictive disorders such as Opioid Use Disorder, gambling, and obesity. Additional information is available at www.adial.com.
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