Sector Expert: James Brown
James E. Brown, D.V.M., cofounded DURECT in February 1998 and has served as president, CEO and a director since June 1998. He previously worked at Alza Corp. as vice president of Biopharmaceutical and Implant Research and Development from June 1995 to June 1998. Prior to that, Dr. Brown held various positions at Syntex Corp., a pharmaceutical company, including director of business development from May 1994 to May 1995, director of joint ventures for discovery research from April 1992 to May 1995, and held a number of positions including program director for Syntex Research and Development from October 1985 to March 1992. Dr. Brown holds a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and a D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from the University of California, Davis, where he also conducted post-graduate work in pharmacology and toxicology.
DURECT has a pipeline of drugs for a wide range of indications, from NASH to psoriasis to postoperative pain. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Dr. James Brown, DURECT's President and CEO, discusses the potentially groundbreaking epigenetic regulator DUR-928, POSIMIR's late-stage testing for postoperative pain and an abuse-deterrent oral technology.
Sometimes wonderful ideas live on and create value for the ages. Alza Corp. was a pioneer in the field of drug delivery, and that illustrious heritage continues in its spinout, DURECT Corp., which has leveraged the technology to enable highly innovative, value-added products that may soon be on the market. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, DURECT cofounder and CEO James E. Brown discusses his company's pipeline, and how DURECT is evolving into a high-margin, blockbuster biotech.