Seth H. Z. Fischer has served as the Chief Executive Officer and director of the Vivus, Inc. since September 3, 2013. Vivus is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies that focus on advancing treatments for patients with unmet medical needs.
Prior to Vivus, Mr. Fischer served in positions of increasing responsibility with Johnson & Johnson from 1983 until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Fischer served as Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson, and Worldwide Franchise Chairman, Cardiovascular Devices, from 2008 to 2012, which included responsibility for Cordis and Biosense Webster, and as Company Group Chairman, North America Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2007, which included responsibility for Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Janssen, Scios and McNeil Pediatrics. Mr. Fischer served as President of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2004, with his operating responsibilities encompassing the commercialization of products in multiple therapeutic categories including analgesic, anti-infective, cardiovascular, neurologic, psychiatric and women's health areas.
Mr. Fischer is a member of the board of directors of BioSig Technologies, Inc., Agile Therapeutics, Inc., Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From April 2013 to September 2013, Mr. Fischer served on the board of Trius Therapeutics, Inc., until it was acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Fischer is a graduate of Ohio University and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.