Board of Directors
Client Team Lead: Matt Toner
Client: Elixirgen Therapeutics, Inc.
Elixirgen Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies using its controllable self-replicating RNA (c-srRNA) platform, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey L. Cleland, Ph.D., to the Board of Directors to support the advancement of its technology in developing therapies for a broad spectrum of diseases including rare diseases, aging-related disorders and cancer.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cleland to our Board as we continue to design next-generation RNA therapeutics with our proprietary technologies. His decades of expertise across the scientific and financial aspects of the industry will be invaluable to our clinical and business development strategies,” said Akihiro Ko, chief executive officer of Elixirgen Therapeutics. “We look forward to working with Dr. Cleland as we continue to advance the EXG-34217 program in telomere biology disorders with bone marrow failure and explore other ways our technology can be harnessed to develop therapies for patients in need.”
Dr. Cleland has 30 years of industry experience and currently serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ashvattha Therapeutics. He also serves on the boards of BIO, Exicure and Zylem, and holds advisory roles with small emerging biotechnology companies. Previously, Dr. Cleland worked at Genentech, Inc. for more than a decade, where he served in product development and manufacturing roles. He has also served as CEO of Versartis and Graybug Vision. He has held executive management positions at several companies and brings to the team experience in drug development and late-stage research, including the successful approval of two drugs, Herceptin® and Nutropin Depot®, as well as early work on Lucentis®, Avastin® and Kadcyla®. He has authored more than 100 articles and four books and holds several issued patents. Dr. Cleland earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Cleland added, “I’m eager to join the Board as Elixirgen Therapeutics continues to demonstrate how their novel technology has the potential to be a key player in the rapidly-evolving RNA space. Designed with safety in mind and with several key benefits including better control of gene expression, the platform has the versatility to be used across multiple therapeutic areas. I look forward to working with the Elixirgen Therapeutics team at this pivotal time in the Company’s growth.”
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