Acasti Announces Appointment of Prashant Kohli as CEO

Acasti Pharma Inc. is a late-stage, specialty pharma company advancing three clinical stage drug candidates addressing rare and orphan diseases. (PRNewsfoto/Acasti Pharma Inc.)

LAVAL, QC, April 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Acasti Pharma Inc. ("Acasti" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: ACST), a late-stage specialty pharma company advancing drug candidates for rare and orphan diseases, today announced the appointment of Prashant Kohli as Acasti's new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jan D'Alvise. The parties have mutually agreed to part ways, and Ms. D'Alvise will be stepping down from the board.

Prashant Kohli has served as Chief Commercial Officer of Acasti since 2022. Mr. Kohli has over 20 years of commercialization experience leading strategy, sales, marketing, and product management. Recently, Mr. Kohli was VP, Commercial Operations of Acasti and at Grace Therapeutics, prior to its acquisition by Acasti in August 2021. Mr. Kohli has developed a broad network of KOL physicians who treat Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) at leading comprehensive stroke centers across the country; Acasti's late-stage clinical program, GTX-104, is for the treatment of SAH. Mr. Kohli has also held a variety of commercial, corporate, and business development roles at Archi-Tech Systems, Cardinal Health, IQVIA, Rosenbluth, and Dun & Bradstreet. He has a BA in Computer Science and Math, and an MBA from The Wharton School.

"Acasti is at an exciting point in its development as we advance GTX-104 into its upcoming Phase 3 safety study and are fortunate to have someone with Prashant's wealth of experience to lead us into this next stage in our evolution," commented Vimal Kavuru, Acasti's Board Chair. "Prashant's expertise crafting go-to-market plans for products with unique value proposition that address critical unmet needs, coupled with his commercial partnering capabilities, will serve us well going forward."

Over his career, Mr. Kohli has built, deployed, and led sales and marketing efforts from the ground-up with significant experience in P&L accountability, product development, salesforce design and deployment, branding, market access, and distribution. He has successfully implemented evidence-based, consultative-selling model that are rooted in deep understanding of the health ecosystem including patients, providers, health systems, government, and payers.

Mr. Kohli added, "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead Acasti going forward. We have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us to bring effective treatments to severely underserved patient population, led by GTX-104's advancement to a Phase 3 safety study in patients with SAH. I look forward to leveraging my commercialization and partnering experience in this new role to bring value to Acasti."

"We thank Jan for her dedicated service and many contributions to the advancement of Acasti, and we wish her well in her future endeavors," said Mr. Kavuru.

About Acasti

Acasti is a late-stage specialty pharma company with drug delivery technologies and drug candidates addressing rare and orphan diseases. Acasti's novel drug delivery technologies have the potential to improve the performance of currently marketed drugs by achieving faster onset of action, enhanced efficacy, reduced side effects, and more convenient drug delivery—all which could help to increase treatment compliance and improve patient outcomes. Acasti's three lead clinical assets have each been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA, which provide the assets with seven years of marketing exclusivity post-launch in the United States, and additional intellectual property protection with over 40 granted and pending patents. Acasti's lead clinical assets target underserved orphan diseases: (i) GTX-104, an intravenous infusion targeting Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH), a rare and life threatening medical emergency in which bleeding occurs over the surface of the brain in the subarachnoid space between the brain and skull; (ii) GTX-102, an oral mucosal spray targeting Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a progressive, neurodegenerative genetic disease that primarily affects children, causing severe disability, and for which no treatment currently exists; and (iii) GTX-101, a topical spray targeting Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), a persistent and often debilitating neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage from the varicella zoster virus (shingles), which may persist for months and even years.

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Acasti Contact:

Prashant Kohli
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 450-686-4555

Investor Relations:

Robert Blum
Lytham Partners, LLC

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