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Insys names Purdue exec as new CEO

March 28, 2017

Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSY) (“Insys” or “the Company”) today announced that, effective April 17, 2017, Saeed Motahari, will become the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and be appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

“We are excited that Saeed, a 20-year veteran of the life sciences industry, has chosen to bring his immense depth of sales and marketing, managed care, and commercial operations experience to Insys.  In particular, after a thorough and deliberate search process, management and the Board of Directors strongly believe that Saeed’s broad background and outstanding leadership skills make him the right individual to advance the Company through this critical stage of our development.  We believe Saeed can execute on the promise of this business including the anticipated commercial launch of Syndros™ and the potential products in our pipeline,” stated Steven Meyer, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“I am honored the Company’s Board of Directors has entrusted me with this opportunity.  The Company’s dual product platforms of sublingual sprays and cannabinoids have the potential to address the unmet medical needs of significant populations.  I am particularly impressed by the depth of the pipeline and excited about the possibility of addressing patient needs in critical areas like epilepsy and breakthrough cancer pain. I look forward to working with the Insys management team and Board of Directors to continue the Company’s focus on putting the needs of patients first in everything we do, while ensuring long term value for the Insys stockholders,” stated Mr. Motahari.

About Mr. Motahari
Mr. Motahari joins Insys from Purdue Pharma L.P. where he was Chief Commercial Officer since May 2014 leading a successful transformation of the commercial organization as well as contributing to the business development strategy.

Prior to Purdue, from 2004 – 2014, Mr. Motahari worked at Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie, including serving as Vice President of US Specialty Brands – New Launches.   Mr. Motahari also held P&L responsibility for Specialty Franchises in the Renal, Oncology, Endocrinology, Acute Care, Virology and Neuroscience therapeutic areas. He also led various commercial organizations at Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Hoffmann-La Roche in managed care, commercial operations, global analytics and new product development.

Mr. Motahari received a BS in Biology and holds a Master’s of Business degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.


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