CohBar Announces the Appointment of Dr. Philippe Calais to its Board
MENLO PARK, Calif., June 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CohBar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CWBR) (“CohBar” or the “Company”), an innovative biotechnology company developing mitochondria based therapeutics (MBTs) to treat age-related diseases, today announced the appointment of Philippe P. Calais, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors, and to the Board’s Audit Committee.
“Philippe’s extensive management experience, from early stage biotech to large pharmaceutical companies, adds significant complementary experience to the CohBar board,” said Albion Fitzgerald, CohBar Chairman. “Our strengthened Board is well positioned to provide strategic guidance as we approach the clinic with our lead program, and prioritize our early stage pipeline for further development. We’re very pleased to have Philippe join the company at such an exciting time for CohBar.”
About Dr. Calais
Dr. Calais has over 30 years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience both in North America and Europe, and for the past 6 years has served as the president and chief executive officer of Isarna Therapeutics B.V. (“Isarna”), a developer of oligonucleotide therapeutics. Dr. Calais also served, from 2017-2018, as a director and audit committee member of Marina Biotech Inc. (OTCQB:MRNA), and has been an economic advisor to the French government since 2013. Prior to becoming CEO of Isarna, Dr. Calais managed several biopharmaceutical companies in Canada and in Europe and headed a large technology transfer organization for the University of Montreal. Earlier in his career Dr. Calais held senior management positions at F. Hoffmann-La Roche and Servier Canada. Dr. Calais received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and his doctor of pharmacy from the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France, in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
About CohBar’s Lead Program
CohBar’s lead program is based on CB4211, a first-in-class mitochondria based therapeutic (MBT) that has demonstrated significant therapeutic potential in preclinical models of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and obesity. CB4211 is a novel and improved analog of MOTS-c, a naturally occurring mitochondrial-derived peptide (MDP) which was discovered in 2012 by CohBar founder Dr. Pinchas Cohen and his academic collaborators and has been shown to play a significant role in the regulation of metabolism. The Company expects CB4211 to enter a Phase 1a/b clinical trial, which includes a potential activity readout relevant to NASH and obesity, in mid-2018.
CohBar is an innovative biotechnology company focused on the research and development of mitochondria based therapeutics (MBTs), an emerging class of drugs for the treatment of age-related diseases. MBTs originate from the discovery by CohBar’s founders of a novel group of peptides within the mitochondrial genome which regulate metabolism and cell death, and whose biological activity declines with age. CohBar’s efforts focus on the development of these mitochondrial-derived peptides (MDPs) into clinically relevant MBTs that offer the potential to address a broad range of age-related diseases with underlying metabolic dysfunction, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. To date, the Company and its founders have discovered more than 100 MDPs.
For additional company information, please visit www.cohbar.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements (statements which are not historical facts) within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include CohBar’s plans and expectations for its lead candidate program, including anticipated timing and results of IND-enabling activities and clinical trials; statements regarding the therapeutic potential of these and other mitochondria based therapeutics, and the potential for additional discoveries, and our plans and expectations regarding intellectual property protection. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by CohBar. Such assumptions, risks and uncertainties are described in detail in our registration statements, reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators, which are available on our website, and at www.sec.gov or www.sedar.com.
You are cautioned that such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements and other information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and CohBar does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.
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Released June 7, 2018