BioRestorative Therapies Announces the Appointment of Robert Paccasassi to Vice President of Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance
MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. (the “Company" or “BioRestorative”) (NASDAQ:BRTX), a life sciences company focused on stem cell-based therapies, today announced that Robert Paccasassi has been appointed Vice President of Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance. Mr. Paccasassi will lead quality initiatives through the next phase of the Company’s growth as patient enrollment is initiated for the Phase 2 clinical trial to treat chronic lumbar disc disease.
Mr. Paccasassi has over 25 years of biotech operations and combined experience in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance, and Manufacturing. Prior to joining BioRestorative, Mr. Paccasassi held the role of Director, Corporate Quality Systems (GMP) at Merck KGaA (Germany). Additionally, he also held Quality and Compliance roles at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen Idec.. Mr. Paccasassi received his B.S. in Medical Technology/Biology from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Johnson and Wales University.
Mr. Paccasassi will be responsible for BioRestorative’s cGMP Quality Control and Regulatory Compliance operations as they relate to the Company’s product pipeline.
“We are fortunate to have Bob in a leadership role overseeing our quality and compliance activities.” said Lance Alstodt, CEO of BioRestorative. “Bob brings a great deal of expertise to the organization, providing capabilities and discipline to our already strong quality systems.”
About BioRestorative Therapies, Inc.
BioRestorative Therapies, Inc. (www.biorestorative.com) develops therapeutic products using cell and tissue protocols, primarily involving adult stem cells. Our two core programs, as described below, relate to the treatment of disc/spine disease and metabolic disorders:
• Disc/Spine Program (brtxDISC™): Our lead cell therapy candidate, BRTX-100, is a product formulated from autologous (or a person’s own) cultured mesenchymal stem cells collected from the patient’s bone marrow. We intend that the product will be used for the non-surgical treatment of painful lumbosacral disc disorders or as a complementary therapeutic to a surgical procedure. The BRTX-100 production process utilizes proprietary technology and involves collecting a patient’s bone marrow, isolating and culturing stem cells from the bone marrow and cryopreserving the cells. In an outpatient procedure, BRTX-100 is to be injected by a physician into the patient’s damaged disc. The treatment is intended for patients whose pain has not been alleviated by non-invasive procedures and who potentially face the prospect of surgery. We have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to commence a Phase 2 clinical trial using BRTX-100 to treat chronic lower back pain arising from degenerative disc disease.
• Metabolic Program (ThermoStem®): We are developing a cell-based therapy candidate to target obesity and metabolic disorders using brown adipose (fat) derived stem cells to generate brown adipose tissue (“BAT”). BAT is intended to mimic naturally occurring brown adipose depots that regulate metabolic homeostasis in humans. Initial preclinical research indicates that increased amounts of brown fat in animals may be responsible for additional caloric burning as well as reduced glucose and lipid levels. Researchers have found that people with higher levels of brown fat may have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes.
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