SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - August 01, 2012) - Lpath, Inc. (OTCQB: LPTN), the industry leader in lipidomics-based therapeutics, has appointed Daniel L. Kisner, M.D. to its board of directors. The appointment adds a seat to the board, bringing the total number of directors to six, including five independent directors.
"With his more than 30 years of experience with public and private companies focused on biopharmaceuticals, oncology, and biotechnology, Dr. Kisner will be a strong addition to our board," said Daniel H. Petree, Lpath's chairman. "As an independent member of the board and chair of a new board committee that will focus on advancing the drug candidates in our clinical and pre-clinical pipeline, we believe he will make important contributions as we move toward regulatory approval and commercialization of our proprietary and novel lipidomics-based therapeutics."
Most recently, Dr. Kisner served as a partner at Aberdare Ventures and, prior to that, he was president and CEO of Caliper Technologies, leading its development from a start-up focused on microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology to a publicly-traded, commercially successful organization. Prior to Caliper, he was president and COO of Isis Pharmaceuticals.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Kisner served as division vice president of pharmaceutical development for Abbott Laboratories and vice president of clinical research and development at SmithKline Beckman Pharmaceuticals. He has also held a tenured position at the Division of Oncology at the University of Texas, San Antonio School of Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He serves as chairman of the board for Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and is also a director of Dynavax Technologies. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.D. from Georgetown University.
San Diego-based Lpath, Inc. (OTCQB: LPTN), a therapeutic antibody company, is the category leader in lipidomics-based therapeutics, an emerging field of medicine that targets bioactive signaling lipids for treating a wide range of human disease. Lpath's ImmuneY2™ drug-discovery engine has the unique ability to generate therapeutic antibodies that bind to and inhibit bioactive lipids that contribute to disease. The company has developed three drug candidates, two of which -- iSONEP™ for wet AMD and ASONEP™ for cancer -- have completed Phase 1 clinical trials. Lpath entered into an agreement with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) in 2010 that provides Pfizer an exclusive option for a worldwide license to develop and commercialize iSONEP. For more information, visit www.Lpath.com.
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