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Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Organizational Changes


will assume role as Chief Financial Officer, VP, Corporate Development

Dr. Nancy Tich
appointed VP, Clinical, in a newly created position

DEVON, Pa., Aug. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative transdermal synthetic cannabinoid treatments, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and changes to the Company's executive management team.

Zynerba announced that Jim Fickenscher
will replace Richard Baron
as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Corporate Development, effective September 13, 2016. Mr. Fickenscher joins Zynerba with 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Antares Pharma, a commercial pharmaceutical company focused on self-administered parenteral products. He has also held roles as CFO at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Aventis Behring LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventis, predecessor to Sanofi S.A, as well as business development and strategic planning positions. Mr. Baron will remain with the Company through the transition into September.

Zynerba also announced the appointment of Nancy Tich
, MS, Ph.D, as Vice President, Clinical, a newly created position. Dr. Tich joins Zynerba with more than 26 years of clinical project management experience. Most recently, Dr. Tich served as Senior Director, Project Management, at Covance. She has also held senior clinical roles at Omnicare, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories.

"During the quarter, Zynerba achieved several clinical milestones and strengthened the organization. We achieved a significant milestone with our lead development compound, ZYN002, including initiation of a Phase 2 clinical study in epilepsy patients. We are also pleased to welcome two new additions to our executive management team. Jim Fickenscher
, who will join us on September 13, is a seasoned executive in the pharmaceutical industry who has been the CFO for other biopharmaceutical companies, including Auxilium during my tenure as CEO. He brings a wealth of financial and corporate development experience and I look forward to working with him again and building Zynerba into a leading specialty pharmaceutical company," said Armando Anido
, Chairman and CEO. "We also welcome Dr. Nancy Tich
, who joined us in June, to our clinical team. She brings nearly three decades of experience to her role as Vice President, Clinical, and her knowledge will be invaluable as Zynerba advances its lead product candidate in the clinic."

Mr. Anido continued, "We deeply appreciate Rick Baron's numerous contributions, particularly his leadership through our listing on the Nasdaq in August 2015. On behalf of the entire company, we thank Rick for his financial expertise and friendship. We wish him much success as he pursues new personal and professional endeavors."

Clinical Highlights from the Second Quarter 2016

Initiated Phase 2 STAR 1 (Synthetic Transdermal Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Epilepsy) clinical trial for ZYN002 CBD gel in refractory epilepsy: Zynerba initiated the baseline phase of the STAR 1clinical study in refractory epilepsy patients with focal seizures in June. The Company announced in August that patients had begun randomization and dosing. The STAR 1 trial expects to enroll up to 180 refractory epilepsy patients who will receive either 97.5 mg of ZYN002 4.2% CBD gel, 195 mg of ZYN002 4.2% CBD gel, or placebo gel twice daily. The primary endpoint will assess the median percentage change in seizure frequency over the 12-week treatment period. Safety and tolerability will also be evaluated. Top line results are expected to be reported in the first half of 2017.

Reported top line results from a 7-day Phase 1 Multiple Rising Dose trial for ZYN002 CBD gel: The 7-day Phase 1 trial included 24 healthy volunteers ranging from 25 to 53 years old and 12 epilepsy patients from 19 to 65 years old. These results confirmed that ZYN002 CBD gel was safe and well-tolerated at all dose levels ranging from 200 to 500 mg CBD daily in 1% and 2.5% ZYN002...


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