People: Amarin Corporation PLC (AMRN.O)

AMRN.O on Consolidated Issue listed on NASDAQ Global Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Lars Ekman

64 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

John Thero

53 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Secretary, Director

Michael Farrell

36 2014 Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer

Stephen Ketchum

49 2012 President - Research and Development, Senior Vice President

Joseph Kennedy

46 2012 Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Secretary

Aaron Berg

2014 Senior Vice President - Marketing and Sales

Joseph Zakrzewski

51 2013 Director

David Stack

62 2012 Independent Director

James Healy

2008 Non-Executive Independent Director

Patrick O'Sullivan

72 2011 Non-Executive Independent Director

Kristine Peterson

54 2010 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jan van Heek

62 2010 Non-Executive Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Lars Ekman

Dr. Lars G. Ekman, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed as Independent Chairman of the Board of Amarin Corp Plc., effective January 1, 2014. With more than 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Ekman is currently an executive partner at Sofinnova Ventures, and from October 2008 to 2011 he served as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cebix Inc. He was Executive Vice President and President of Global Research and Development at Elan Corporation plc, from January 2001 to December 2007, where he is currently a director and chairs the Science and Technology Committee. Prior to joining Elan, he was Executive Vice President, Research and Development at Schwarz Pharma AG from February 1997 to December 2000, and prior to that was employed in a variety of senior scientific and clinical functions at Pharmacia, now Pfizer. In addition to Elan and Cebix, Dr. Ekman also sits on the Board of Directors of InterMune Inc., Ocera Therapeutics and Sophiris Bio (formerly Protox Therapeutics). Dr. Ekman is a board certified surgeon with a Ph.D. in experimental biology and has held several clinical and academic positions in both the United States and Europe. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.D. from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

John Thero

Mr. John F. Thero, CPA, has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Secretary, Director of Amarin Corp Plc., effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Thero has more than 20 years of senior financial and operational management experience, including supporting the growth of life science companies for over 15 years. Mr. Thero has helped manage both the commercial growth and the sale of companies. In 2007, Mr. Thero was Chief Financial Officer at ViaCell, Inc., where he helped guide the company to its sale. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Thero was Senior Vice President at Acusphere, Inc., where he oversaw the build-out and qualification of manufacturing operations. From 1994 to 2003, in a number of senior positions at Abiomed, Inc., including Senior Vice President Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer, he helped manage the transition from a development-stage company into a commercial entity. Mr. Thero began his professional career at Arthur Andersen LLP, during which time he became a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Farrell

Michael J. Farrell joined Amarin in July 2013 as Controller and was named Amarin’s principal accounting officer and principal financial officer in January 2014. Prior to joining Amarin, Mr. Farrell spent the previous ten years with various life sciences companies. From May 2012 to June 2013, Mr. Farrell was the Controller for Unigene Laboratories, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, where he was responsible for the accounting and finance function, which included a significant role in multiple financing transactions. From October 2010 to April 2012, he was the Controller of New American Therapeutics, Inc., where he contributed to the formation of the company and the successful acquisition and subsequent divestiture of the company’s assets. From April 2008 to September 2010, he was Controller of Akrimax Pharmaceuticals LLC. From April 2004 through March 2008, he held various roles of increasing responsibility within the finance department at Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. prior to the sale of the company to GlaxoSmithKline. Mr. Farrell started his career at Arthur Andersen LLP in 1999, during which time he became a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Farrell holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Stephen Ketchum

Dr. Steven B. Ketchum, Ph.D., serves as President - Research and Development, Senior Vice President of Amarin Corp Plc., effective February 16, 2012. Dr. Ketchum has 20 years of experience in late-stage product development and clinical regulatory strategy. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Ketchum served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals where he provided strategic direction for all facets of research and development, including clinical strategy and operations, regulatory affairs, and pharmaceutical development. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Ketchum served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Medical Affairs for Reliant Pharmaceuticals where he led development and support activities for Lovaza and other commercialized cardiovascular products. Prior to 2005, Dr. Ketchum was SVP of Operations and Regulatory Affairs at IntraBiotics Pharmaceuticals, and also held positions of increasing responsibility in regulatory affairs during his nearly eight-year tenure at ALZA Corporation, where he supported the development and commercialization of a number of products, including Concerta. Dr. Ketchum earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from University College London and a B.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University.

Joseph Kennedy

Mr. Joseph T. Kennedy is Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Secretary of Amarin Corp Plc. He joined Amarin in December 2011 as General Counsel and was named Amarin’s Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in February 2012. From March 2009 to December 2011, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he played a lead role negotiating the company’s strategic collaboration with Purdue Pharma, helped secure two U.S. patents, helped obtain FDA approval for the company’s lead product and had responsibility for all legal and compliance matters affecting the company. Mr. Kennedy represented pharmaceutical companies, developing life science companies and venture capital firms in private law practice from January 2006 to March 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Kennedy served as Chief Corporate Counsel, then Vice President, Acting Chief Legal Officer with Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. His work at Eyetech included transitioning the company from private to public, legal matters related to the company’s development and commercialization collaboration with Pfizer Inc., public company and pharmaceutical industry compliance, and the sale of the company to OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served as Vice President and U.S. Counsel, Corporate Business Development, with Élan Corporation, plc where he helped acquire technologies, managed legal issues related to multiple collaborations and participated in the company’s sale of assets that raised over $2.0 billion in a restructuring.

Aaron Berg

Mr. Aaron Berg is the Senior Vice President - Marketing and Sales of the Company. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Berg has significant marketing and sales experience, including six years at Kos Pharmaceuticals where as Vice President of Marketing and Sales his contributions to the commercial success of Niaspan(R) helped lead to the acquisition of Kos in 2006 by Abbott Laboratories for $3.6 billion. Before joining Kos Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Berg began his pharmaceutical industry career as a sales representative with Bristol-Myers Squibb followed by 10 years of increasing commercial responsibility at Schering-Plough before being recruited by GlaxoSmithKline to help build its then newly launched diabetes franchise. After Kos Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Berg's commercial and business development expertise in lipid therapy led Essentialis, a development-stage company focused on triglyceride management, to appoint Mr. Berg as President and CEO where he remained until he was recruited by Amarin at the end of 2012. Mr. Berg joined Amarin as Vice President, Marketing and Managed Care, which responsibilities he assumed from the time of launch of Vascepa(R) in early 2013.

Joseph Zakrzewski

Mr. Joseph S. Zakrzewski has been appointed as Director of Amarin Corp Plc., He resigned has Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2014. He was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors effective January 2010, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer effective November 10, 2010, and became Chairman of the Board of Directors effective October 20, 2011 in connection with his joining Amarin on a full-time basis. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Xcellerex, a privately held company focusing on commercializing its proprietary next generation manufacturing technology for biotherapeutics and vaccines from 2007 through the first half of 2010. Mr. Zakrzewski also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Reliant Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on cardiovascular drugs from 2005 through the first half of 2007. Mr. Zakrzewski had responsibility for the company’s pharmaceutical operations including, R&D, business development, supply chain/manufacturing, quality, IT, and compliance. Reliant Pharmaceuticals was sold to GlaxoSmithKline in 2007. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Zakrzewski served in a variety of executive level capacities at Eli Lilly & Company including R&D, manufacturing, finance and business development. His most recent position at Eli Lilly & Company was Vice President, Corporate Business Development, where he had global responsibility for all business development activities on a worldwide basis. Mr. Zakrzewski received a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1986, an MS in Biochemical Engineering from Drexel University in 1988, and received an MBA in Finance in 1992 from Indiana University. Mr. Zakrzewski also serves on the Boards of Acceleron Pharma, Insulet Corporation, and Azelon Therapeutics (formerly known as Zelos Therapeutics).

David Stack

Mr. David M. Stack is appointed as Independent Director of Amarin Corporation plc. In addition to his current role as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Stack is also a Managing Director at MPM Capital, and Founding Partner of Stack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Stack’s experience includes, from 2001 to 2004, President, CEO and a Director of The Medicines Company where he was recognized as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. Prior to The Medicines Company, Mr. Stack was the President and General Manager of Innovex Inc., Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Immunomedics, Inc., and Director of Business Development and Planning for Infectious Disease, Oncology and Virology of Roche Laboratories. Mr. Stack holds a degree in pharmacy from Albany College and a BS in biology from Siena College where he is currently a Trustee. Mr. Stack is a Director of Medivo, Inc. and PepTx, Inc.

James Healy

Dr. James I. Healy, M.D, Ph.D. is Non-Executive Independent Director of Amarin Corp Plc. Dr. Healy joined Sofinnova Ventures as a General Partner in 2000. Dr. Healy was a founding investor and board member of Cellective (acquired by MedImmune), CoTherix (acquired by Actelion), Novacea, and Intermune. He also serves on the boards of directors of several private companies. In the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Healy held positions at Bayer Pharmaceuticals (Miles) and ISTA Pharmaceuticals prior to its initial public offering. He began his private equity career at Sanderling Ventures. Dr. Healy earned B.A. degrees in Molecular Biology and Scandinavian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with Distinction in General Scholarship, Honors, and received a Departmental Citation. He received his M.D. from Stanford University’s School of Medicine through the Medical Scientist Training Program, and earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from Stanford University, where he was a Beckman Scholar and received a bursary award from the Novartis Foundation. Dr. Healy is an active member of the BIO-NVCA Working Group. Dr. Healy serves on the Board of Directors of Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and InterMune, Inc., as well as the following private companies: Cebix Inc.; Hyperion Therapeutics; InteKrin Therapeutics, Inc.; KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sorbent Therapeutics; and Durata Therapeutics.

Patrick O'Sullivan

Mr. Patrick J. O'Sullivan is Non-Executive Independent Director of Amarin Corp Plc. Mr. O’Sullivan has more than 40 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, including more than 30 years as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the LEO Pharma companies in Ireland and more than 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the parent company of the LEO Pharma Group in Denmark. Since 2007 Mr. O’Sullivan has been a business consultant to the pharmaceutical industry, and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Warner Chilcott Plc. Mr. O’Sullivan is a registered pharmacist who earned Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration degrees from University College in Dublin.

Kristine Peterson

Ms. Kristine Peterson is Non-Executive Independent Director of Amarin Corp Plc. Ms. Peterson has more than 27 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, including 20 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she was responsible for sales, marketing and general management in a variety of therapeutic areas, including the cardiovascular and metabolic disease business unit. She is currently, and has been since June 2009, Chief Executive Officer at Valeritas, Inc., a medical technology company committed to the development and commercialization of innovative drug delivery solutions, with its lead product for the treatment of diabetes. Prior to joining Valeritas, Ms. Peterson was Company Group Chair for the biotech business at Johnson & Johnson from May 2006 through June 2009, was an Executive Vice President at Johnson & Johnson from August 2004 through May 2006 and was Senior Vice President of commercial operations at Biovail Corporation from May 2003 to August 2004. Ms. Peterson is currently a director of Valeritas, Inc., ImmunoGen, Inc. the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress. Ms. Peterson has an MBA degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois.

Jan van Heek

Mr. Jan van Heek is Non-Executive Independent Director of Amarin Corp Plc. He is currently a Principal and Partner at BioPoint Group, where he advises biotechnology and other healthcare companies in commercial strategy development, financing and business development. Prior to establishing BioPoint, Mr. van Heek spent more than 18 years at Genzyme Corporation, most recently as an Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the CEO and senior management team. Mr. van Heek is currently a board member of PanGenetics BV in the Netherlands and was a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of ViaCell Corporation, a U.S. public company, from 2002 until it was sold to Perkin Elmer Corporation in 2007. He received an MBA degree from St. Gallen University in Switzerland and an executive degree from Stanford Business School.

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