ESSA Pharma Appoints Lauren Merendino to its Board of Directors


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California and VANCOUVER, Canada, June 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ - ESSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("ESSA", or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EPIX), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, today announced the appointment of Lauren Merendino, M.B.A., to its Board of Directors. Ms. Merendino is a leading biopharmaceutical executive who brings over 25 years of commercial experience spanning 20+ disease states, including 15 years of leadership for oncology-specific portfolios.

"Lauren's cross-functional expertise in guiding products through all stages of commercial development adds a valuable perspective that complements the skillset of our Board of Directors," stated Richard M. Glickman, L.L.D. (Hon), Chairman of ESSA's Board of Directors. "We warmly welcome her to the team and are confident that Lauren's proven market acumen will support ESSA's pipeline advancement and collaborations."

"ESSA's unique program of first-in-class anitens targeting the N-terminal domain of the androgen receptor brings important innovation to the prostate cancer clinical landscape," said Ms. Merendino. "I am delighted to be appointed to ESSA's Board of Directors and look forward to leveraging my commercial knowledge and experience in oncological programs to ensure that ESSA's therapies can be delivered to the patient populations who can benefit the most."

Ms. Merendino recently joined Day One Biopharmaceuticals as Chief Commercial Officer, prior to which she was Chief Commercial Officer at Myovant Sciences. In that role, she led the Commercial organization including sales, marketing, market access and analytics, to drive the successful launches of two products across three indications within two years' time. Previously, Ms. Merendino served as the Vice President of Neurological Rare Diseases at Genentech, Inc., where she led a cross-functional team to launch products in the neurological rare disease therapeutic area and collaboration efforts across marketing, medical affairs and government affairs. Ms. Merendino also held positions of increasing authority at Genentech in commercial organization across sales, marketing and strategy, with a focus in oncology. Throughout her career, she has built broad experience in national sales, marketing, as well as commercial strategies for molecules in early development and business development deals. She earned her B.S. degree in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and her M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from New York University.

About ESSA Pharma Inc.

ESSA is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel and proprietary therapies for the treatment of patients with prostate cancer. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter under @ESSAPharma.

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Forward-looking information is developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein and in ESSA's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q dated May 9, 2023 under the heading "Risk Factors", a copy of which is available on ESSA's profile on EDGAR at and on the SEDAR website at, and as otherwise disclosed from time to time on ESSA's EDGAR and SEDAR profiles. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's beliefs, estimates and opinions on the date that statements are made and ESSA undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or other circumstances should change, except as may be required by applicable United States and Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

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