Assertio Appoints Dr. Howard Franklin as Senior Vice President, Medical

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Assertio Holdings, Inc. (“Assertio” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ASRT), a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients, today announced the appointment of Howard J. Franklin, MD, as Senior Vice President, Medical.

“We see significant opportunities to expand the addressable market and label indications for key assets in our portfolio, in particular Indocin. We are excited to add Dr. Franklin to our team as we ready clinical studies related to these assets and expect to launch our first clinical investigation later in 2023,” said Dan Peisert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Assertio.

“I am excited to join the team and create a best-in-class clinical development and medical affairs program that builds on the legacy of successful commercial innovation established here at Assertio,” said Dr. Franklin. “Assertio’s existing portfolio includes multiple assets with opportunities to open new or expand existing addressable markets through clinical studies and label expansion, deriving greater value from the application of those molecules. In addition, a robust medical program will support the acquisition of potential molecules that can fit Assertio’s unique, digital focused sales model.”

Dr. Franklin was previously Chief Medical Officer at Finch Therapeutics, a microbiome-based biotechnology firm applying new technologies to the treatment of immuno-oncology, IBD and autism spectrum disorder. He was previously Chief Medical Officer of Salix Pharmaceuticals, a $2 billion division of Bausch Healthcare Corporation with a focus on gastrointestinal medicine, where he shaped and executed clinical, regulatory and medical affairs strategies for a suite of GI-related assets with a focus on lifecycle management. He previously held senior roles at Icon Bioscience, Oceana Therapeutics, The Medicines Company, Esprit Pharmaceuticals and Odyssey Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Franklin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Pre-Medical Studies, from Lehigh University, and a Doctor of Medicine from Drexel University College Medicine. He completed his medical residency in general surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in lapro-endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He competed a Master of Business Administration degree at LaSalle University.

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Assertio is a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients utilizing a non-personal promotional model. We have built and continue to build our commercial portfolio by identifying new opportunities within our existing products as well as acquisitions or licensing of additional approved products. To learn more about Assertio, visit

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