Terns Pharmaceuticals Appoints Kerry Russell as Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Russell to report to Dr. Erin Quirk, President and Head of Research & Development

FOSTER CITY, Calif., June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Terns” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TERN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of small-molecule single-agent and combination therapy candidates to address serious diseases such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), obesity and cancer, today announced the appointment of Kerry Russell, M.D., Ph.D., as chief medical officer. Dr. Russell will report to Erin Quirk, M.D., who remains president and head of research and development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kerry to the Terns team; her deep experience broadens our expertise and brings important insights as we progress our pipeline across multiple therapeutic areas,” said Dr. Quirk. “There are exciting times ahead at Terns, with key clinical trial data readouts expected for three of our programs, TERN-501, TERN-601 and TERN-701, across three indications over the next few years. I look forward to working closely with Kerry in advancing these multiple programs.”

Prior to joining Terns, Dr. Russell was vice president of late clinical development at Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Novo Nordisk A/S in December 2021), where she led the development of siRNA therapeutics for rare diseases from June 2020 until May 2022. Before that, she served as vice president of clinical development at resTORbio, Inc. She previously served as senior director of translational cardiovascular and metabolic medicine at Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research and was an NIH-funded associate professor at Yale University School of Medicine for more than 13 years. Dr. Russell received her Ph.D. in molecular oncology from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and her M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and both her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and postdoctoral fellowship in vascular biology at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in biochemistry and biology from Rice University.

“Terns is at an important stage of growth,” said Dr. Russell. “With the company’s renewed focus on dedicating resources to advance its most promising pipeline candidates and its multi-faceted, clinically validated approach to address NASH and other serious diseases like obesity and chronic myeloid leukemia, I believe Terns is making significant progress in its efforts to bring much needed, transformative medicines to patients. I look forward to working with the rest of the Terns team to reach this goal.”

About Terns Pharmaceuticals
Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of small-molecule single-agent and combination therapy candidates to address serious diseases such as NASH, obesity and cancer. Terns’ pipeline includes four clinical stage development programs including a THR- β agonist, an FXR agonist, an allosteric BCR-ABL inhibitor, a VAP-1 inhibitor, and a preclinical small-molecule GLP-1 receptor agonist program. For more information, please visit: www.ternspharma.com.

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