ESSA Expands Leadership Team by appointing Alessandra Cesano as Chief Medical Officer
VANCOUVER and HOUSTON, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - ESSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("ESSA" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: EPIX; TSX-V: EPI), a pharmaceutical company focused on the developing novel therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, announced today the appointment of Dr. Alessandra Cesano, M.D., PhD as Chief Medical Officer ("CMO"). With over 25 years of drug development, regulatory and medical affairs activities, Dr. Cesano will provide leadership in advancing the Company's lead clinical candidate, EPI-7386 into Phase 1 clinical testing.
"Dr. Cesano is an accomplished drug development executive with an extensive and successful track record of leading drug candidates though development, approval and commercial launch. She also has broad expertise in the development and clinical use of biomarkers for the more efficient development of targeted therapeutics. Her expertise will be instrumental in advancing the clinical development of ESSA's novel N-terminal domain inhibitor of the androgen receptor in men with prostate cancer." said David Parkinson, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer of ESSA.
Dr. Cesano is an accomplished drug development leader with extensive experience in drug discovery and development. She played key roles at Amgen in the approval of Vectibix® and Kepivance®. Prior to joining ESSA, Dr. Cesano was the CMO at NanoString Technologies, Inc. She had previously served as the CMO at Cleave Biosciences, Inc. and CMO and COO at Nodality, Inc. Dr. Cesano spent 12 years researching tumor immunology, including nine years at the Wistar Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds memberships in several professional and scientific societies and has been an author on over 100 research publications. Dr. Cesano received an M.D., a Board Certification in Oncology and a Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology from the University of Turin. She holds a B.S. in Science and Economics from Istituto Tecnico Commerciale.
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