SAN DIEGO, CA and VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2011 - Protox Therapeutics Inc. ("Protox", TSX: PRX), a developer of innovative products for the treatment of urological diseases, today announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Yocum as Chief Medical Officer, located in San Diego.
Dr. Yocum joined Protox in November 2011 and brings 29 years of medical and drug development experience to the company. Before Protox he served as Vice President of Drug/Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Rockwell Medical Technologies, Halozyme Pharmaceuticals, and Chugai Pharma USA. This was preceded by clinical research experience as Executive Medical Director at Ligand Pharmaceuticals and Associate Director at Gensia.
Dr. Yocum has a proven track record of success with multiple product approvals across several therapeutic areas, in the US, Canada, and Europe. He brings direct hands-on experience leading efficient, streamlined, high quality clinical teams across all phases of clinical development including the preparation and submission of eight regulatory dossiers for drug approval.
Dr. Lars Ekman, Executive Chairman and President said, "Dr. Yocum's clinical development ?expertise and impressive track record will be key to the success of? Protox."
Dr. Yocum graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Yocum is board certified in Internal Medicine, completing his residency at the University of California San Diego, and has maintained an Internal Medicine practice for 10 years.
Protox Therapeutics is a developer of innovative products for the treatment of urological diseases. Protox's lead program, PRX302 (PORxin), achieved positive results from its Phase 2b placebo controlled trial called TRIUMPH, to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate). Protox has partnered with Kissei Pharmaceuticals for the development and commercialization of PRX302 in Japan. For more information, please visit www.protoxtherapuetics.com.
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