Cary, North Carolina, May 24, 2021 – Chiesi USA (key-ay-zee), the U.S. affiliate of Chiesi Farmaceutici, an international research-focused healthcare Group (Chiesi Group), was named Company of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal 2021 Life Sciences Awards in honor of its noteworthy work in the life sciences industry. The recognition celebrates the contributions of Triangle-area individuals and research organizations in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, clinical research, medical devices and more.
In the face of significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chiesi was proud to achieve financial, clinical and leadership successes. In 2020, net revenue increased 25.5%, and employee count increased 28 members to a total of 345. Chiesi received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of an add-on maintenance therapy in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients 18 years of age and older. The approval expanded the company’s CF portfolio.
As 2020 came to a close, Chiesi appointed longtime team member Jon Zwinski as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer to advance the company’s global therapeutic efforts and succeed Ken McBean, who held the position since September 2011.
Chiesi’s progress in 2020 is owed to the measures it put in place to support employees, patients, healthcare providers and local community partners. Chiesi continued the production and supply of medicines and created the Chiesi Emergency Management Team to help safeguard the health and safety of all employees.
“Chiesi is a company that focuses on people first, especially in times of uncertainty,” said Jon Zwinski, General Manager and CEO of Chiesi USA. “It is especially gratifying to receive this year’s recognition given the multiple challenges we faced. We thank every team member at Chiesi for their commitment to continuously further our impact, and we’re proud to be part of the resilient Triangle life sciences community.”
As part of its corporate social responsibility program Chiesi in the Community, Chiesi strengthened its support to nonprofit partners in need, contributing more than $800,000 total, and Chiesi employees supported 215 unique charitable organizations with 1,100 hours of time or donations. These community initiatives line up to its Certified B Corporation™ status that requires the company to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
In place of an in-person recognition ceremony due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions, Triangle Business Journal featured Chiesi USA and the 2021 Life Sciences Award winners in a special section in the May 21 issue. To read the article, click here.
To learn more about Chiesi’s innovation in the Triangle life sciences industry, please visit www.chiesiusa.com.
About Chiesi USA
Chiesi USA, Inc., headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercialization of products for the hospital and target office-based specialties. The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of family-owned Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A, a global R&D-focused pharmaceutical company based in Parma, Italy. In the United States, the Company delivers therapies and enhances care for patients in the areas of acute cardiology, neonatology and cystic fibrosis. Recognized as a Certified B Corporation™, Chiesi is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of its communities through its employee-led corporate social responsibility program, Chiesi in the Community. Innovation, collaboration and impact are the cornerstones of the Chiesi culture. For more information, visit www.chiesiusa.com.
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