Former CMO & Head of R&D of ArQule joins the Board
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Dec. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYCC, NASDAQ: CYCCP; "Cyclacel" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines based on cancer cell biology, today announced the election of Brian Schwartz, M.D., to its Board of Directors.
"We are very pleased to have Brian join the Board of Directors of Cyclacel. His extensive clinical and product development experience further adds to the strength of our Board and will support management’s efforts to build shareholder value," said Christopher Henney, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Cyclacel. “Brian’s experience in all development stages of innovative medicines for cancer will be very valuable as we advance our business strategy."
“I am excited to join the Board at an important moment in the Company’s history,” said Dr. Schwartz. “After evaluating the scientific and clinical merits of Cyclacel’s medicines, I am enthusiastic of the prospects of fadraciclib and CYC140. These two internally discovered molecules have competitive product profiles and address oncology indications with large unmet medical needs. The clinical development plans and Cyclacel’s experienced management team provide a strong basis for success in the Company’s programs.”
Dr. Schwartz has wide-ranging experience as a drug development expert in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries primarily in oncology, hematology, and rare diseases. During the past decade he has served as Senior Vice President, Head of Research & Development and Chief Medical Officer of ArQule Inc., which was acquired for $2.7bn by Merck & Co. in 2020. Prior to ArQule, Dr. Schwartz was CMO at Ziopharm, having previously held several senior leadership roles at Bayer and LEO Pharma. He is currently a Board Member of LifeSci Acquisition Corp, Mereo Biopharma and Enlivex. In addition, he serves as an advisor, SAB member and independent consultant for numerous biotech and investment companies.
He received his medical degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, completed a fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada and practiced medicine prior to his career in the biopharmaceutical industry.
About Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cancer medicines based on cell cycle, transcriptional regulation and mitosis biology. The transcriptional regulation program is evaluating fadraciclib, a CDK2/9 inhibitor, in solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The anti-mitotic program is evaluating CYC140, a PLK1 inhibitor, in advanced cancers. Cyclacel's strategy is to build a diversified biopharmaceutical business based on a pipeline of novel drug candidates addressing oncology and hematology indications. For additional information, please visit www.cyclacel.com.
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