Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA – December 11, 2017 – Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNP) (the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of immunologic and inflammatory diseases, announced today that it has appointed John Zhang, MD, PhD to the position of Vice President, Research and Development. Dr. Zhang will have oversight of the non-clinical aspects of the Company’s drug development programs, incuding all pre-clinical studies, and will provide support for the clinical, regulatory and manufacturing activities for the Company’s core pipeline assets, bertilimumab and nano-cyclosporin. Dr. Zhang joins the Company from Tesaro, Inc., Boston, MA, where he served as Director, Clinical Sciences since April 2016, and Director, Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology from Sept 2012 to March 2016.
Dr. Zhang has more than 20 years of experience in preclinical and early clinical drug development in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. His professional expertise is in the areas of toxicology, pharmacology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, animal efficacy models, and early clinical studies. He has led preclinical project teams across various stages of drug development, from drug candidate selection to late stage clinical studies and product cycle management. John planned and executed preclinical programs for both biologics and small molecules and has participated in the successful filings of more than 14 INDs, 5 NDAs/BLAs and 3 MAAs in the therapeutic areas of oncology, immuno-oncology, and inflammation. Dr. Zhang earned a medical degree from Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, China; an MS from the UCLA School of Public Health, and a PhD in toxicology from Rutgers University/UMDNJ, and completed postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Health.
Elliot Maza, the Company’s President and CEO stated, “I am delighted that John is joining our team. He will provide much needed support across a broa1d spectrum of drug development activities that will enable us to advance our programs. Attracting a professional with John’s exceptional credentials is a testament to the strength of our scientific programs and corporate mission.”
About Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of immunologic and inflammatory diseases. Immune’s lead program, bertilimumab, is a first-in-class, fully human monoclonal antibody that targets and lowers levels of eotaxin-1, a chemokine that plays a role in immune responses and attracts eosinophils to the site of inflammation. By neutralizing eotaxin-1, bertilimumab may prevent the migration of eosinophils and other cells, thus helping to relieve associated inflammatory conditions. Currently, Immune is conducting two phase 2 clinical trials to test bertilimumab in patients suffering from bullous pemphigoid and ulcerative colitis, respectively. Bertilimumab may have application in other diseases, including atopic dermatitis, immune and inflammatory hepatitis, and asthma.
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