TrovaGene Strengthens Board Of Directors With Appointment Of Oncology Development Veteran Dr. Athena Countouriotis
Published: Sep 20, 2017
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV), a precision medicine biotechnology company, today announced the expansion and strengthening of its Board of Directors with the appointment of Athena Countouriotis, M.D.
Dr. Countouriotis brings significant experience leading clinical development programs, from preclinical through clinical stages, and approval. Over the course of her career, she has been involved in multiple clinical programs, with a focus within oncology, both hematologic and solid tumor indications, that have supported regulatory approvals in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Countouriotis currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Adverum Biotechnologies. Prior to joining Adverum, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Halozyme Therapeutics. Dr. Countouriotis was Chief Medical Officer at Ambit Biosciences through the initial development of quizartinib, a small molecule FLT3 inhibitor for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and ultimate acquisition of the company by Daiichi Sankyo. Dr. Countouriotis also worked at both Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb in various roles leading clinical development of oncology focused therapeutics. She holds a M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, and did additional training at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the pediatric hematology-oncology program.
"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Countouriotis to our Board of Directors," said Bill Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Trovagene. "Dr. Countouriotis has incredible expertise in the clinical development of oncology therapeutics, including multiple compounds in leukemia such as Sprycel, Mylotarg, Bosulif and Quizartinib, which is a FLT3 inhibitor in AML. We look forward to her contributions and guidance as we continue to advance PCM-075 for the treatment of patients with hematologic and solid tumor cancers."
"It is an exciting time at Trovagene as we embark on moving PCM-075 into the clinic in AML. This a great time to join the Board of Directors and share my expertise with the company, and I look forward to working with the Trovagene team," added Dr. Countouriotis.
PCM-075 is a highly-selective adenosine triphosphate (ATP) competitive inhibitor of the serine/threonine polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK 1) enzyme, which is over-expressed in multiple hematologic and solid solid tumor cancers. Studies have shown that inhibition of PLK1 can lead to tumor cell death, including multiple Phase 2 studies in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) where response rates of up to 30% have been observed. A Phase 1 open-label, dose escalation safety study of PCM-075 has been completed in patients with advanced metastatic solid tumor cancers, and published in Investigational New Drugs. Trovagene plans to initiate a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial with PCM-075 in AML, since it has shown significant advantages over prior PLK1 inhibitors evaluated in this indication, including a higher selectivity, greater potency, oral bioavailability and shorter half-life. PCM-075 has demonstrated synergy in preclinical studies with over 10 chemotherapeutic and target agents used in hematologic and solid tumor cancers, including FLT3 and HDAC inhibitors, taxanes, and cytotoxins. Trovagene believes the combination of its targeted PLK-1 inhibitor, PCM-075, with other compounds has the potential for improved clinical efficacy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) and Adrenocortical Carcinoma (ACC).
About Trovagene, Inc.
Trovagene is a precision medicine biotechnology company developing oncology therapeutics for improved cancer care by leveraging its proprietary Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology in tumor genomics. Trovagene has broad intellectual property and proprietary technology to measure circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in urine and blood to identify and quantify clinically actionable markers for predicting response to cancer therapies. Trovagene offers its PCM technology at its CLIA/CAP accredited laboratory and plans to continue to vertically integrate its PCM technology with precision cancer therapeutics. For more information, please visit https://www.trovagene.com.
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