EOM Pharmaceuticals Appoints Drug Development Veteran Frank L. Douglas, Ph.D., M.D., Scientific Advisor
Dr. Douglas Brings Over 30 Years of Successful Drug Development Experience to EOM and will Chair EOM's Scientific Advisory Board, Leading Development of EOM613
MONTVALE, N.J., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- EOM Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held, clinical-stage company, today announced the appointment of Frank L. Douglas, Ph.D., M.D., to Scientific Advisor. Dr. Douglas will be responsible for guiding the company's clinical and scientific strategies for EOM lead candidate EOM613, as well as forming and chairing the EOM Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which will include identifying other leading experts in the field of immunology and drug development. EOM613, is an investigational, novel peptide-nucleic acid solution immunomodulator believed to have both anti- and pro-inflammatory broad-spectrum cytokine effects.
Dr. Douglas is an accomplished industry veteran with more than three decades of experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Douglas has held leadership roles in both large and small biopharmaceutical companies, including serving as a member of the Board of Management and EVP responsible for Research, Development and Regulatory Affairs for Aventis SA, now Sanofi SA. He has led teams responsible for the development and marketing approval of many drugs across multiple therapeutic areas, including billion-dollar brands Allegra®, Lantus®, and Taxotere®.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas to the EOM team," said Irach B. Taraporewala, Ph.D., EOM Chief Executive Officer and Director. "His extensive proven experience and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry will serve as a significant strategic resource for EOM as we continue to focus on the development of EOM613 as a potential treatment for the most severe effects of COVID-19 as well as for cachexia."
In addition to his drug development leadership roles, Dr. Douglas has held several academic positions. He was Professor of the Practice in several departments, including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and the MIT Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also was the founder and first executive director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, which addresses challenges in the global biomedical industry through collaborative research among industry, academia, and government.
Dr. Douglas is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Special Achievement Award in 2016 and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He also is a champion of diversity and inclusion and is a leading voice in the pharmaceutical industry to ensure clinical trials are representative of all relevant patients.
"I am excited to be joining EOM Pharmaceuticals at such a critical time in the planning for development of EOM613, which showed promise in early clinical studies in AIDS cachexia and rheumatoid arthritis, and I believe EOM613 has the potential to change the way we think about how immunomodulators impact the body during a cytokine storm," said Dr. Douglas. "I am looking forward to contributing to the clinical development of EOM613."
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*EOM613 has had other names, including Product R, OHR118, AVR118, and OHR/AVR118.
1 Hirschman SZ. Activation of human monocytes/macrophages by OHR/AVR118 promotes both pro- and anti-inflammatory phenotypes. Adv Biosci Biotch. 2014; 5:161-8.
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