ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / April 11, 2019 / Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments for rare and orphan diseases in pediatrics and neurology, today announced changes to its executive leadership team, effective Monday, April 15, 2019. Dr. Simon Pedder, Ph.D. has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board. As well, Patrick Crutcher has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. Peter Greenleaf will transition from the CEO role but remain on the Board of Directors, including providing strategic assistance during the transition. Board Chair Uli Hacksell will also remain on the Board subsequent to Dr. Pedder's appointment.
"I am delighted to welcome Simon as the Executive Chairman. Since joining the Board last year and leading the Science & Technology Committee of the Board of Directors, it has become clear that Simon's R&D mind and track record of successful clinical development are a perfect fit for the Company's new direction. With a near-term data read out in Parkinson's patients with Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH), I could think of no better person to help guide the Company than the CEO who oversaw the development of the only FDA approved treatment for nOH in patients associated with Parkinson's Disease," said Steven Boyd, a Director of Cerecor and Chief Investment Officer of Armistice Capital.
"Since acquiring Ichorion Therapeutics in September, Patrick Crutcher has emerged as a source of both internally and externally sourced product opportunities as we continue to fortify a robust pipeline of high-impact programs for orphan diseases," said Uli Hacksell, former Chairman of the Board. "Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Greenleaf for helping to lay the foundation from which we intend to aggressively build."
Dr. Pedder stated, "I am very honored to accept this appointment from the Board of Directors. This is an exciting time across the Company, especially within the clinical and regulatory departments of the organization. We have numerous milestones in both Neurology with CERC-301 and Pediatric Rare Disease with CERC-801 on the near-term horizon in 2019. I feel confident my clinical background and experience will serve the organization well."
Dr. Pedder brings a wealth of clinical, regulatory and operations experience to the Board at the exact time the Company is looking toward so many upcoming milestones. Simon has a long career in drug development including as President and CEO of Chelsea Therapeutics, where he was responsible for the development and approval of the last approved drug for treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (droxidopa, Northera®). Additionally, he has held numerous leadership positions at Hoffmann LaRoche and played a key role in the development and approval of the first COMT inhibitor (tolcapone, Tasmar®) in Parkinson's Disease. He was responsible for the development of PEGASYS as Franchise Head of Hepatitis at Roche, where his last position was Global VP of Oncology. Formerly, he was faculty in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology. In addition, Dr. Pedder obtained a M.Sc. in Toxicology from Concordia University, a B.E.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and completed the Roche-sponsored Pharmaceutical Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School.
CERC-301 is a selective NR2B-specific NMDA receptor antagonist being developed for the treatment of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH) associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease. We anticipate having Phase 1 results of our Proof of Concept Trial released during the first half of 2019.
CERC-801 is an ultra-pure oral formulation of D-galactose currently in development for the treatment of phosphoglucomutase 1 (PGM1) deficiency, also known as PGM1-CDG. We anticipate having the results from our initial study in health volunteers looking at safety, pharmacokinetics and food effect by Q3 2019.
Cerecor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in the development of orphan neurologic and pediatric therapies that make a difference in the lives of patients. The Company's pipeline is led by CERC-301, which Cerecor is currently exploring as a novel treatment for neurogenic orthostatic hypotension. Cerecor has six additional programs in development, including CERC-406 for Parkinson's Disease, CERC-611 for epilepsy, CERC-801, CERC-802, and CERC 803 for Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation and CERC-913 for DGUOK Deficiency a mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. The Company's R&D efforts are supported by revenue from its franchise of commercial medications led by Poly-Vi-Flor® and Tri-Vi-Flor® (multivitamin and fluoride supplement tablet, chewable and suspension/drops). In February 2018, the Company added to its marketed product portfolio by acquiring Karbinal™ ER, AcipHex® Sprinkle™, Cefaclor for Oral Suspension, and Flexichamber™.
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