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Athena Neurosciences Inc.

Division of Perrigo Co. PLC

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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Neurology, Nervous System
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Perrigo Co. PLC
  • Senior Management
  • David Johnson, VP, Fin. & CFO
    Michael Coffee, Pres. & COO
    Heidi Horner, VP, Bus. Dev. & Project Planning
    Lloyd Glenn, VP, Mktg.
    Ivan M Lieberburg, MD, PhD, VP, Research
  • Contact Info
  • Athena Neurosciences Inc.
    Phone: (415) 877-0900
    800 Gateway Boulevard
    S. San Francisco, CA 94080-
    USA
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