VANCOUVER, Wash.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--CytoDyn Inc. (“CytoDyn”) (OTCQB:CYDY), a biotechnology company focused on the development of new therapies for combating infection with immune deficiency viruses, announced the appointment of Dr. David Feigal as the Company’s new Chief Medical Officer.
“After careful review of PRO 140, we believe PRO 140 is an exciting product and we are pleased with the unique opportunity to assist with its future development”
Dr. David Feigal, M.D., spent 12 years with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) where he served as Director, Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH), Director, Division of Anti-infective & Antiviral Drug Products, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER), and Deputy Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research (CBER). He is former Vice President of Global Regulatory Strategy, Amgen, and former Senior Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory and Global Safety Surveillance at Elan Corporation. Dr. Feigal has more than 30 years of experience in drug development and regulation. Before joining the FDA, he worked for 10 years within the academic and hospital settings of the University of California in San Diego, San Francisco and Davis.
Dr. Feigal is a Partner in NDA Partners. CytoDyn has engaged NDA Partners and Amarex Clinical Research to manage and oversee the clinical development needs for the Company’s primary product, PRO 140, a leading monoclonal antibody for the treatment of HIV.
“After careful review of PRO 140, we believe PRO 140 is an exciting product and we are pleased with the unique opportunity to assist with its future development,” said Dr. Feigal. “NDA Partners and I are ready to manage all the clinical trials needs for PRO 140 as we progress to this next important phase. The vast FDA experience within NDA Partners will provide valuable resources through the upcoming clinical trials and beyond.”
Dr. Nader Pourhassan, CytoDyn’s President and CEO, stated, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Feigal serve as the Company’s CMO, bringing the world class talent we need to lead our product through the next critical phase of this important project. The opportunities for PRO 140, as a leading monoclonal antibody for HIV treatment, are attracting the attention of leaders in the scientific community.”
PRO 140 belongs to a class of entry inhibitors that block HIV from entering and infecting certain cells. PRO 140 has been the subject of one Phase I and two Phase IIa clinical trials, each of which demonstrated PRO 140’s ability to significantly reduce HIV viral load in human test subjects, and has also been designated a “fast track” product candidate by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The PRO 140 antibody appears to be a powerful antiviral agent, while not being a drug, leading to potentially fewer side effects and less frequent dosing requirements, as compared to daily drug therapies currently in use. The Company previously announced its plans to commence clinical trials in the fourth quarter of 2013, which collectively are expected to constitute a Phase IIb trial and will be funded by two grants from the National Institutes of Health to Drexel University College of Medicine.
CytoDyn is a biotechnology company focused on developing subcutaneously delivered humanized cell-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as entry inhibitors for the treatment and prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The Company has one of the leading mAbs under development for HIV infection, PRO 140, which is a Late Stage II humanized mAb with demonstrated antiviral activity in man. PRO 140 blocks the HIV co-receptor CCR5 and clinical trial results thus far indicate that it does not affect the normal function of the cell. Results from Phase I and Phase IIa human clinical trials have shown that PRO 140 can significantly reduce viral burden in people infected with HIV. CytoDyn intends to continue to develop PRO 140 as a therapeutic anti-viral agent in persons infected with HIV. For more information on the Company, please visit www.cytodyn.com.
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CytoDyn is also subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with the actions of its corporate, academic and other collaborators and government regulatory agencies; risks from market forces and trends; potential product liability; intellectual property, litigation, environmental and other risks; and risks that current and pending patent protection for its products may be invalid, unenforceable or challenged, or fail to provide adequate market exclusivity. There are also substantial risks arising out of CytoDyn’s need to raise additional capital to develop its products and satisfy its financial obligations; the highly regulated nature of its business, including government cost-containment initiatives and restrictions on third-party payments for its products; the highly competitive nature of its industry; and other factors set forth in CytoDyn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.