BOSTON, June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aprea Therapeutics Inc., (NASDAQ: APRE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel cancer therapeutics that reactivate mutant p53 tumor suppressor protein, today announced the appointments of Fouad Namouni, M.D. and Richard Peters, M.D., Ph.D. to its Board of Directors. In addition, Guido Magni, M.D., Ph.D. will step down from the Company’s Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2020.
Fouad Namouni, M.D., brings more than 20 years of oncology and immuno-oncology drug development expertise, most recently serving as Senior Vice President & Head of Oncology Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), with responsibility for driving product development plans from early-stage clinical development through commercialization. Prior to serving as Head of Oncology Development, Dr. Namouni was Head of Medical Affairs at BMS and prior to that position, he was Head of Development for Opdivo® and Yervoy®, immunotherapy medications used in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Namouni holds an M.D. degree from the University of Annaba Medical School in Algeria, and a Pediatrics degree from Université Rene Descartes in Paris, France. In addition, he received a Pediatric Oncology and Hematology degree and M.S. in clinical and experimental pharmacology from Université Paris-Sud in France.
Richard Peters, M.D., Ph.D, brings more than 25 years of experience developing new therapies for difficult-to-treat diseases. He currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Yumanity Therapeutics Inc. Dr. Peters joined Yumanity from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he was President & Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Merrimack, he served as Senior Vice President and Head, Global Rare Diseases at Genzyme (Sanofi). Dr. Peters is a Harvard-trained physician and scientist, has served on the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship in biophysics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Peters holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina.
“Both Drs. Namouni and Peters are distinguished industry leaders with years of experience in advancing important new therapeutics to patients in need,” said Christian S. Schade, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aprea Therapeutics. “Their advice and counsel will be invaluable as Aprea continues with its progress to advance our mutant p53 reactivator oncology programs. We are thrilled to welcome Fouad and Richard to the Aprea team and our Board of Directors. Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors and all Aprea employees, we are grateful to Guido Magni for his years of strategic insight and guidance throughout his tenure on Aprea’s Board.”
About Aprea Therapeutics
Aprea Therapeutics Inc., (NASDAQ: APRE) is a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with research facilities in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on developing and commercializing novel cancer therapeutics that reactivate the mutant tumor suppressor protein p53. The Company’s lead product candidate is APR-246, a small molecule in clinical development for hematologic malignancies, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). For more information, please visit the company website at www.aprea.com.
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About p53 and APR-246
The p53 tumor suppressor gene is the most frequently mutated gene in human cancer, occurring in approximately 50% of all human tumors. These mutations are often associated with resistance to anti-cancer drugs and poor overall survival, representing a major unmet medical need in the treatment of cancer.
APR-246 is a small molecule that has demonstrated reactivation of mutant and inactivated p53 protein – by restoring wild-type p53 conformation and function – and thereby induce programmed cell death in human cancer cells. Pre-clinical anti-tumor activity has been observed with APR-246 in a wide variety of solid and hematological cancers, including MDS, AML, and ovarian cancer, among others. Additionally, strong synergy has been seen with both traditional anti-cancer agents, such as chemotherapy, as well as newer mechanism-based anti-cancer drugs and immuno-oncology checkpoint inhibitors. In addition to pre-clinical testing, a Phase 1/2 clinical program with APR-246 has been completed, demonstrating a favorable safety profile and both biological and confirmed clinical responses in hematological malignancies and solid tumors with mutations in the TP53 gene.
A pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of APR-246 and azacitidine for frontline treatment of TP53 mutant MDS is ongoing. APR-246 has received Breakthrough Therapy, Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for MDS, and Orphan Drug designation from the European Medicines Agency for MDS, AML and ovarian cancer.
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