FibroGen Announces Retirement of K. Peony Yu, M.D., and Appointment of Mark Eisner, M.D., M.P.H. as Chief Medical Officer
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc.. (NASDAQ: FGEN) today announced the retirement of K. Peony Yu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, and appointment of Mark Eisner, M.D., M.P.H. in that role. Dr. Yu will continue as Chief Medical Officer through December 20, 2020, the roxadustat PDUFA date, and will remain with FibroGen through March 15, 2021 serving as Executive Advisor to the CEO to support the transition.
Dr. Yu joined FibroGen in 2008 and has provided key leadership for global clinical development across the company, leading the development of roxadustat in multiple indications and advancement of the overall portfolio.
“On behalf of the board, shareholders, and our employees, I want to thank Peony for her tremendous contributions as Chief Medical Officer of FibroGen,” said Enrique Conterno, Chief Executive Officer, FibroGen. “With her considerable expertise and leadership, roxadustat was approved in China and Japan for the treatment of CKD anemia with pending regulatory decisions in the US, EU, and additional countries, to potentially serve millions of patients worldwide.”
“It has been my privilege to work with many talented colleagues at FibroGen to make a difference in the lives of many," said Dr. Yu. "I look forward to our upcoming roxadustat U.S. PDUFA date, and expect FibroGen will continue to advance important new medicines.”
Mark Eisner, M.D., M.P.H. has joined FibroGen as of today, and will become Chief Medical Officer effective December 21, 2020, overseeing all global clinical development and regulatory affairs for FibroGen. Dr. Eisner has nearly 30 years of academic, biopharmaceutical, and drug development experience, from early clinical phase through post-commercialization.
“Mark’s extensive leadership, clinical development, and regulatory expertise come at a critical time for the company as we accelerate our development and look ahead to multiple significant clinical milestones. The depth and breadth of his therapeutic development experience is an ideal fit, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the FibroGen team,” said Enrique Conterno, Chief Executive Officer, FibroGen. “We look forward to Mark’s contributions as a proven business leader, clinician, and researcher in our continued evolution toward becoming a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a maturing clinical pipeline.”
“I am excited to lead the clinical development organization during this important time at FibroGen, when the company is rapidly advancing its robust late-stage pipeline,” said Dr. Eisner. “I look forward to progressing the current clinical studies to bring valuable medicines to patients."
Dr. Eisner, who brings more than 10 years of experience in clinical drug development and 20 years as a practicing physician, has held leadership positions in academic medicine, clinical research, and pharmaceutical development. In 2010, he joined Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and was most recently Senior Vice President and Global Head of Product Development Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Ophthalmology where he led clinical development for areas including respiratory medicine, rheumatology, nephrology, inflammatory bowel disease, virology, and retinal disease.
Prior to Genentech, Mark was Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia at the University of California San Francisco where he was an internationally recognized expert on clinical research in acute and chronic lung disease. He served as a steering committee member and ultimately UCSF Principal Investigator for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ARDS Clinical Trials Network which conducted several clinical landmark trials. Mark also built a world-class NIH-funded clinical research program focusing on the epidemiology and long-term health outcomes of obstructive lung disease. He was also an investigator in the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute. Mark published ~200 peer-reviewed articles, served on multiple NIH study sections, and was a member of the American Thoracic Society Board of Directors.
Mark graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. degree in Human Biology and then received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine, served as Chief Medical Resident, and pursued advanced fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He also received a M.P.H. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
FibroGen, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) biology to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of unmet needs. The Company is currently developing and commercializing roxadustat, an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase activity, for anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Roxadustat is also in clinical development for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and for chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA). Pamrevlumab, an anti-CTGF human monoclonal antibody, is in clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer (LAPC), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, please visit www.fibrogen.com.
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Michael Tung, M.D.