Gilda Thomas, a former executive with EMD Pharmaceuticals, has joined Pozen as its general counsel.

Pozen is developing a series of pain relief products.

“Ms. Thomas has over 20 years of legal experience in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Pozen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Plachetka. “She brings a wealth of knowledge related to general business and commercial transactions, including intellectual property licensing and general corporate law."

Thomas also spent 14 years working for Burroughs Wellcome and Glaxo Wellcome. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.