Otonomy Appoints Gerald Wroblewski as Chief Operations Officer

Otonomy, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the inner and middle ear, today announced the appointment of Gerald Wroblewski as the company's chief operations officer.

Mr.Wroblewski brings the company broad operational expertise in the areas of manufacturing, product supply chain management, packaging and quality assurance. At Otonomy, he will be responsible for overseeing activities in these areas to support the advancement of the company's product candidates through clinical development and into commercialization. The company recently announced plans to initiate a Phase 2 study for its lead drug candidate, OTO-104, in patients with Meniere's disease and is also
positioned to begin clinical trials of a second product candidate, OTO-201, by the end of 2011.

Prior to joining Otonomy, Mr. Wroblewski served as vice president of operations at MacuSight, a developer of innovative therapeutics for the treatment of severe ocular diseases and conditions. In this role, he managed manufacturing and product supply chain activities to support clinical advancement of the company's sustained release, injectable drug candidate. Before his work with MacuSight, he was chief operating officer
at iScience Interventional Inc., a start-up medical device company in the ophthalmology space, and executive vice president of operations at Oculex Pharmaceuticals, a developer of novel biodegradable therapeutics for diseases of the eye. While at Oculex, Mr. Wroblewski was responsible for developing and implementing GMP manufacturing systems designed to support the production of multiple product components related to the company's sustained release steroid formulation. These innovative manufacturing
platforms supported the advancement of the product into late-stage clinical trials and ultimately contributed to Allergan's successful acquisition of Oculex for $230 million. During his career, Mr. Wroblewski has also held senior management positions in large-scale commercial manufacturing operations at The Gillette Company, Oral-B Laboratories and McGaw Laboratories.

"The positive clinical results we recently announced for OTO-104 in Meniere's disease, combined with our rapid progress advancing OTO-201 through IND enabling studies, signals an important transition for the company that requires additional operational expertise and focus," said David A. Weber, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Otonomy. "I welcome the opportunity to work with Jerry again and know that his depth and breadth of manufacturing expertise will successfully support the company through clinical development. Furthermore, his experience in commercial manufacturing operations will be essential to achieving our long range business objectives of bringing our products to market."
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