BEVERLY HILLS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 19, 2020 / GT Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB:GTBP)(GTBP.PA) an immuno-oncology company focused on innovative therapies based on the Company's proprietary NK cell engager (TriKE™) technology is pleased to announce Dr. Greg Berk, M.D. has joined the Company's Board of Directors.
Dr. Greg Berk is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Berk is a senior oncology drug development consultant. Dr. Berk previously served as Chief Medical Officer at Verastem. Dr. Berk was President, Chief Medical Officer, and Board Member of Sideris Pharmaceuticals. From May 2012 until January 2014, Dr. Berk was Chief Medical Officer of BIND Therapeutics. Previously, Dr. Berk was Chief Medical Officer at Intellikine, a privately held biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel PI3 Kinase and mTOR inhibitors. Intellikine was acquired by Takeda/Millennium in January 2012. Dr. Berk was previously Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Development at Abraxis BioScience, where he was responsible for the company's overall clinical strategy, including efforts to expand the indications for their lead clinical program (Abraxane®), as well as oversee the clinical development of their entire pipeline. Dr. Berk also served on the integration leadership team during the Celgene (Trading: CLEG) acquisition of Abraxis in 2010. Dr. Berk obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he also served as a faculty member from 1989-2004. During this time, Dr. Berk served as an investigator on several industry-sponsored and cooperative group oncology clinical trials, including the pivotal trials for Gleevec® and Avastin®. The Board of Directors believes that Dr. Berk's qualifications to sit on the Board include his experience building companies and bringing oncology drugs to the market, his medical credentials and experience in oncology, and his pharmaceuticals industry experience and knowledge.
Mr. Anthony Cataldo, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GT Biopharma commented "we are pleased to welcome Greg to the Company's Board of Directors, and we look forward to working with Greg as we advance TriKE™ in clinical development for the treatment of cancer and other diseases."
About GTB-3550 Trispecific NK cell Engager (TriKE™)
GTB-3550 is the Company's first TriKE™ product candidate being initially developed for the treatment AML. GTB-3550 is a single-chain, tri-specific scFv recombinant fusion protein conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD16 and anti-CD33 antibodies and a modified form of IL-15. The natural killer (NK) cell stimulating cytokine human IL-15 portion of the molecule provides a self-sustaining signal that activates NK cells and enhances their ability to kill. We intend to study GTB-3550 in CD33 positive leukemias such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and other CD33+ hematopoietic malignancies.
About GT Biopharma, Inc.
GT Biopharma, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology therapeutic products based our proprietary Tri-specific Killer Engager (TriKE™) platform. Our TriKE platform is designed to harness and enhance the cancer killing abilities of a patient's immune system natural killer cells (NK cells). GT Biopharma has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Minnesota to further develop and commercialize cancer therapies using proprietary TriKE™ technologies.
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