Appointment adds Dr. Powchik’s experience in the development of marketed immunotherapeutics to Vaxxinity’s leadership team
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vaxxinity, Inc. (Nasdaq: VAXX), a U.S. company pioneering the development of a new class of medicines, announced that Peter Powchik, M.D., will join Vaxxinity’s leadership team as Executive Vice President, Global Scientific Director starting October 1, 2023. He will remain as a member of Vaxxinity’s board of directors.
Peter will oversee the overall scientific direction of Vaxxinity’s platform and programs, and lead the development efforts at Vaxxinity. “Get ready for the next wave of innovative drug science at Vaxxinity,” said Mei Mei Hu, CEO of Vaxxinity. “Peter has served an integral role on Vaxxinity’s board of directors, and we now get the benefit of his extensive knowledge and experience around the development of breakthrough medicines on an even deeper level as he transitions to our leadership team.”
“It’s a pivotal time at Vaxxinity,” said Peter. “Our laboratories have come online and are generating the data that we hope will help launch a revolution in proactive immunization. Clinical data have demonstrated that our technology breaks immune tolerance to targets of interest, and is well tolerated and easy to administer. Personally, I am excited to help lead Vaxxinity’s development efforts forward. We have great people, and I am certain the next years will be transformative to Vaxxinity and to how the world sees the potential for immunotherapy to improve human health and well-being.”
Prior to joining Vaxxinity and its predecessor United Neuroscience, Peter was Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals from 2006 to 2018, where he oversaw the development of Regeneron’s first seven approved drugs and helped to build its development and regulatory infrastructure. Peter led the development of multiple products to licensure including Eylea®, Kevzara®, Arcalyst®, Dupixent®, and Praluent® against PCSK9 for hypercholesterolemia. He also served various roles in clinical development, including at Chugai Pharma USA; Novartis, where he oversaw the development and approval of Ritalin LA® and Focalin®; and Sepracor, where he initiated the development of Lunesta®. He is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center (NYC), and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Ulo Palm, M.D., will transition from Chief Medical Officer of Vaxxinity to senior advisor effective October 1, 2023. “We are deeply grateful to Ulo for his time and enormous contributions to Vaxxinity,” said Mei Mei. “Under his guidance, Vaxxinity brought two new programs to the clinic and successfully completed a Phase 3 COVID-19 trial and Phase 1 Parkinson’s disease trial. We look forward to continuing to work with Ulo and to benefit from his expertise in his role as an advisor to Vaxxinity.”
Vaxxinity, Inc. is a purpose-driven biotechnology company committed to democratizing healthcare across the globe. The company is pioneering a new class of medicines aimed at disrupting the existing treatment paradigm for chronic disease, increasingly dominated by monoclonal antibodies, which suffer from prohibitive costs and cumbersome administration. The company’s proprietary technology platform has enabled the innovation of novel synthetic peptide immunotherapy candidates designed to bring the efficiency of vaccines to the treatment of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, and hypercholesterolemia. The technology is also implemented as part of a COVID-19 vaccine program. Vaxxinity has optimized its pipeline to achieve a potentially historic, global impact on human health.
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