NEURELIS RANKED THIRD BEST PLACE TO WORK IN SoCAL 2022
SAN DIEGO, CA — October 24, 2022 — Neurelis, Inc., is pleased to announce it was ranked third among medium-size employers on the Best Places to Work in SoCal 2022 list by Best Companies Group (BCG), a BridgeTower Media Company. This distinction is based on responses from a detailed and comprehensive survey of its employees.
The ranking was announced during a virtual awards ceremony held Sept. 29. Neurelis placed third among companies with 50 to 249 U.S. employees.
"This ranking is a tremendous achievement for our entire team and confirms that we are on the right path toward achieving our mission as an employer—which is to live our company values every day by engaging and supporting our employees in their careers and lives as they empower patients dealing with challenging neurologic disorders,” said Neurelis Chief Executive Officer, Craig Chambliss.
BCG’s annual award program identifies the best places to work in Southern California. The ranking is based on anonymous employee surveys and an analysis of their response about corporate culture, training and development, salary and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction. BCG surveyed thousands of employees across hundreds of Southern California companies to determine the top employers.
“Many of our employees have a meaningful connection to epilepsy in their personal lives, which makes them incredibly dedicated to their work,” said Shaun Winn, Senior Director, Human Resources, Neurelis. “We work hard to ensure our team enjoys coming to work every day not only because of the rewarding nature of our mission, but by offering fun activities like biweekly lunches, ‘Wellness Wednesdays,’ organized hikes, shuffleboard, Ping Pong, darts, a wellness room, and purposeful scheduling guidelines for meetings to foster work/life balance.”
Neurelis is deeply committed to fostering a positive, rewarding company culture while seeking to improve the lives of people impacted by epilepsy. Neurelis covers 100% of employee benefits, offers stock options and brings in guest speakers on topics of interest to advance career development. In addition, the company formed special committees, such as “Women at Neurelis and their Allies,” to build teamwork and community. Women at Neurelis presentations focus on topics such as the journey of successful women, using one’s strengths to combat imposter syndrome and building success through emotional intelligence. Neurelis is also proud to have 100% of their employees certified in Seizure First Aid.
“For over 15 years, BCG has recognized organizations and leaders who walk the talk, put people first and win at business by creating environments that help their people thrive,” said Jaime Raul Zepeda, BCG Executive Vice President. “Each winner has demonstrated that commitment.”
Neurelis, Inc., is a commercial-stage neuroscience company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for the treatment of epilepsy and orphan neurologic disorders characterized by high unmet medical need. In 2020, the FDA approved Neurelis’s VALTOCO® (diazepam nasal spray) as an acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (i.e., seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) that are distinct from an individual’s usual seizure pattern in adult and pediatric patients 6 years of age and older. VALTOCO is a proprietary formulation of diazepam incorporating the science of INTRAVAIL®. Intravail’s transmucosal absorption enhancement technology enables the noninvasive delivery of a broad range of protein, peptide and small-molecule drugs. In its approval of VALTOCO, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also granted Neurelis Orphan Drug Exclusivity and recognized VALTOCO’s intranasal route of administration as a clinically superior contribution to patient care over the previously approved standard-of-care treatment (a rectal gel formulation of diazepam). For more information on VALTOCO, please visit www.valtoco.com. In addition to VALTOCO, Neurelis is developing NRL-2 for intermittent use to control acute panic attacks, NRL-3 as a noninvasive acute therapy to stop seizures that have progressed to status epilepticus, and NRL-4 as a noninvasive rescue therapy to address the escalation of acute agitation symptoms associated with schizophrenia and bipolar 1 mania in adults. In addition, Neurelis is developing NRL-1049 (previously known as BA-1049), an investigational, pre-clinical stage small molecule Rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, for the treatment of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMS), a rare disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). For more information on Neurelis, please visit www.neurelis.com. For the latest scientific information on VALTOCO, please visit www.neurelismedicalaffairs.com.
Important Safety Information about VALTOCO:
VALTOCO® (diazepam nasal spray) is indicated for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (ie, seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) that are distinct from a patient’s usual seizure pattern in patients with epilepsy 6 years of age and older.
Contraindications: VALTOCO is contraindicated in patients with:
- Hypersensitivity to diazepam
- Acute narrow-angle glaucoma
Central Nervous System (CNS) Depression
Benzodiazepines, including VALTOCO, may produce CNS depression. Caution patients against engaging in hazardous activities requiring mental alertness, such as operating machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or riding a bicycle, until the effects of the drug, such as drowsiness, have subsided, and as their medical condition permits.
The potential for a synergistic CNS-depressant effect when VALTOCO is used with alcohol or other CNS depressants must be considered, and appropriate recommendations made to the patient and/or care partner.
Suicidal Behavior and Ideation
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including VALTOCO, increase the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior. Patients treated with any AED for any indication should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Benzodiazepines, including VALTOCO, can increase intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. VALTOCO may only be used in patients with open-angle glaucoma only if they are receiving appropriate therapy. VALTOCO is contraindicated in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma.
Risk of Serious Adverse Reactions in Infants due to Benzyl Alcohol Preservative
VALTOCO is not approved for use in neonates or infants. Serious and fatal adverse reactions, including “gasping syndrome,” can occur in neonates and low-birth-weight infants treated with benzyl alcohol-preserved drugs, including VALTOCO. The “gasping syndrome” is characterized by central nervous system depression, metabolic acidosis, and gasping respirations. The minimum amount of benzyl alcohol at which serious adverse reactions may occur is not known.
The most common adverse reactions (at least 4%) were somnolence, headache, and nasal discomfort.
Diazepam, the active ingredient in VALTOCO, is a Schedule IV controlled substance.
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Neurelis, Inc. at 1-866-696-3873 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (www.fda.gov/medwatch).
Please read full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning, for additional important safety information.
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