Chinook Therapeutics Announces the Appointment of Andrew Oxtoby as Chief Commercial Officer

SEATTLE, Feb. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chinook Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: KDNY), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of precision medicines for kidney diseases, today announced the appointment of Andrew Oxtoby as chief commercial officer.

“We are pleased to welcome Andrew to Chinook as we prepare for a year of important milestones for our atrasentan and BION-1301 programs,” said Eric Dobmeier, president and chief executive officer of Chinook Therapeutics. “Andrew is an accomplished industry leader with more than 20 years of global biopharmaceutical experience and a proven track record of building commercial strategies and executing numerous product launches. He will be a valuable addition to the Chinook team as we advance our pipeline and build out our commercial capabilities for atrasentan and future pipeline programs.”

Andrew has over two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, including extensive global experience involving numerous product launches across a wide array of therapeutic areas. He joins Chinook from Aimmune Therapeutics, where he most recently served as president and CEO and led the organization’s integration into its new parent company, Nestlé Health Science, and expanded Aimmune’s portfolio and therapeutic focus beyond food allergy into disease states related to gastrointestinal conditions. Prior to his role as president and CEO, he served as Aimmune’s chief commercial officer with a focus on building the company’s commercial organization in both the United States and Europe. Before joining Aimmune, Andrew spent 16 years at Eli Lilly and Company where he was responsible for Lilly’s U.S. insulin business as vice president of U.S. Diabetes Connected Care and Insulins, after previously serving as vice president of U.S. diabetes sales. His previous roles at Lilly include vice president of the international oncology business, general manager of the Netherlands operation as well as positions of increasing responsibility in finance, marketing and sales in the U.S. and Europe. Andrew holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He currently serves on the board of Damien Center, a non-profit organization providing support and services to people living with HIV in central Indiana.

“I'm excited for the opportunity to join Chinook at a pivotal time for the company and contribute to the late-stage development of potentially best-in-class therapies for rare, severe and chronic kidney diseases while making a meaningful impact on patients in an underserved disease area,” said Andrew Oxtoby, chief commercial officer of Chinook Therapeutics. “With a significant year ahead, I look forward to leading Chinook’s commercial efforts by building and growing a strong team to advance Chinook’s mission to change the course of kidney care for patients with high unmet need.”

About Chinook Therapeutics, Inc.
Chinook Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases. Chinook’s product candidates are being investigated in rare, severe chronic kidney disorders with opportunities for well-defined clinical pathways. Chinook’s lead program is atrasentan, a phase 3 endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of IgA nephropathy and proteinuric glomerular diseases. BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, is being evaluated in a phase 1/2 trial for IgA nephropathy. CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for the treatment of hyperoxalurias, is being evaluated in a phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers. In addition, Chinook’s research and discovery efforts are focused on building a pipeline of precision medicines for rare, severe chronic kidney diseases with defined genetic and molecular drivers. Chinook is leveraging insights from kidney single cell RNA sequencing and large CKD patient cohorts that have been comprehensively panomically phenotyped, with retained biosamples and prospective clinical follow-up, to discover and develop therapeutic candidates with mechanisms of action targeted against key kidney disease pathways. To learn more, visit

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Noopur Liffick
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

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