Acer Therapeutics Appoints Dr. William T. Andrews As Chief Medical Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acer Therapeutics Inc., (Nasdaq:ACER), a pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and ultra-rare diseases with critical unmet medical need, today announced the appointment of William T. Andrews, M.D., FACP as Chief Medical Officer of the Company to succeed Robert D. Steiner, M.D. in that position.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Andrews to the executive management team, as we continue to successfully and rapidly advance our lead product candidate, EDSIVO™, a potential life-saving therapy for patients with vEDS,” said Chris Schelling, CEO and Founder of Acer. “Dr. Andrews brings tremendous experience to this role and will be instrumental in preparing our NDA submission of EDSIVO™, which we expect to accomplish in the first half of 2018, and we look forward to his guidance in the medical marketplace as we plan for our next steps. We thank Dr. Steiner for his significant contributions to Acer during a critical time in the Company’s growth.”
About William T. Andrews, M.D., FACP
Dr. Andrews joins Acer Therapeutics as Chief Medical Officer after having worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry for 17 years in both Clinical Development and Medical Affairs in multiple therapeutic areas, with a focus and extensive experience in rare diseases. Dr. Andrews has significant medical marketplace and product launch experience, having served as the medical lead for six product launches, including Xopenex HFA®, Brovana®, Alvesco®, Omnaris®, Catena®, and Juxtapid®. Most recently, he provided strategic consulting services to rare disease companies in Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Go-To-Market/Launch planning, and Business Development/Corporate Strategy. Previously, Dr. Andrews held senior leadership positions and positions of increasing responsibility at Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Santhera Pharmaceuticals, Sepracor, and ClinQuest. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University and his M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Andrews practiced medicine for 7 years full-time and 11 years part-time in the Boston area as a board-certified Internist and an Attending Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was on the Clinical Faculty at Harvard Medical School.
About Acer Therapeutics
Acer, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, is a pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of therapies for patients with serious rare and ultra-rare diseases with critical unmet medical need. Acer’s late-stage clinical pipeline includes two candidates for severe genetic disorders for which there are few or no FDA-approved treatments: EDSIVO™ (celiprolol) for vEDS, and ACER-001 (a fully taste-masked, immediate release formulation of sodium phenylbutyrate) for urea cycle disorders (UCD) and Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD). There are no FDA-approved drugs for vEDS and MSUD and limited options for UCD, which collectively impact more than 4,000 patients in the United States. Acer’s products have clinical proof-of-concept and mechanistic differentiation, and Acer intends to seek approval for them in the U.S. by using the regulatory pathway established under section 505(b)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, or FFDCA, that allows an applicant to rely for approval at least in part on third-party data, which is expected to expedite the preparation, submission, and approval of a marketing application.
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