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Arena Pharmaceuticals names Preston Klassen as EVP, CMO

Staff Writer | San Diego, Ca., USA | March 21, 2017
Preston KlassenMarch 21, 2017, San Diego, Ca., USA - Arena Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company, announced the appointment of Preston Klassen as executive vice president, research and development and chief medical officer.
Dr. Klassen has over 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical product development.

Most recently, Dr. Klassen was Chief Medical Officer of Laboratoris Sanifit S.L. and prior to that was Executive Vice President, Head of Global Development at Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Previously, he held several positions of increasing responsibility at Amgen Inc., including Therapeutic Area Head for Nephrology.

Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Klassen was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology at Duke University Medical Center.

He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine, fellowship in nephrology, and masters in health sciences degree at Duke University.