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Collegium Announces Appointment of Steven Passik, PhD, as Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Education and Policy

CANTON, Mass., April 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:COLL) today announced it has appointed Steven Passik, PhD, as Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Education and Policy, effective, April 3, 2017.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Steve to the executive team. He will bring a wealth of additional experience in the fields of pain and addiction management to the team at Collegium. We are looking forward to his contributions toward our vision of being a leader in pain management and supporting responsible opioid prescribing, said Mike Heffernan, President and CEO of Collegium.

After a 25 year academic and clinical career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Passik spent the past 4 years in the toxicology and most recently the pharmaceutical industry. His research has focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer and non-cancer pain and symptom management and the interface of pain management and addiction. He has served as editor and reviewer for multiple journals in pain and psycho-oncology. He has authored over 200 scholarly publications.

About Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Collegium is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing a portfolio of products that incorporate its proprietary DETERx® technology platform for the treatment of chronic pain and other diseases. The DETERx technology platform is designed to provide extended-release delivery, unique abuse-deterrent properties, and flexible dose administration options.

About Xtampza ER

Xtampza® ER is Collegium’s first product utilizing the DETERx technology platform. Xtampza ER is an abuse-deterrent, extended-release, oral formulation of oxycodone approved by the FDA for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.

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