RenovoRx Appoints Former Chief Medical Officer of Schering-Plough, Robert J. Spiegel, MD, FACP, to Board of Directors
RenovoRx, a biopharmaceutical company focused on targeted drug-delivery with an initial application in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC), announced today that Robert J. Spiegel, MD, has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Robert Spiegel brings more than 40 years of biopharmaceutical experience to RenovoRx. He was involved in more than 30 successful New Drug Application (NDA) approvals by the FDA and the development and launch of multiple products with annual sales exceeding $1B. While at Schering-Plough, he served as Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer. He was involved in the development of numerous cancer drugs and led the development of Remicade® (infliximab), Temodar® (temozolomide), and alpha-interferon (Intron A) through PH I-III studies, securing the first FDA approval for a biologic protein. After Merck acquired Schering-Plough in 2009, Dr. Spiegel became Chief Medical Officer at PTC Therapeutics where he led the company to EU Conditional Approval for the first drug ever approved for Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
Dr. Spiegel currently serves on numerous publicly listed and privately held boards, including Geron Corporation, Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Athenex and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Corp (SPARC). He also is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, an Advisor to Warburg Pincus and Israel Biotech Fund, and a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) TAP committee. Dr. Spiegel completed his Medical Oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.
“It is a pivotal time in RenovoRx’s evolution, and I am excited to help advance its transformative therapies for patients,” said Dr. Spiegel. “The company’s randomized Phase III interim efficacy and safety data utilizing RenovoGem™ to treat patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer are very encouraging. The only two FDA approvals in the past decade in pancreatic cancer (Abraxane and Olaparib) showed a sub-2-month improvement in overall survival. Beyond pancreatic cancer, RenovoRx’s drug-delivery platform has a high potential to impact other cancers and possibly indications outside of oncology.”
RenovoRx Chief Executive Officer Shaun Bagai said, “We look forward to Dr. Spiegel’s leadership on our Board as we plan on advancing discussions with the FDA about expediting forward progress with RenovoGem, while continuing our current trial enrollment. Our team is also engaging with worldwide regulatory agencies and identifying new indications and combination products utilizing our therapy platform, RenovoTAMP®.”
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