SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) today announced that Mark Gergen will step down as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer to pursue other opportunities, transitioning over the coming months.
"We want to thank Mark for his important contributions and leadership over the past three years during a critical period for the Company, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor," said Charles M. Baum, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO.
"We will continue to focus on our targeted oncology approach with glesatinib and sitravatinib, where we have demonstrated clear clinical benefit," continued Baum. "The remainder of 2016 will be dedicated to establishing clinical efficacy in these programs."
As part of the transition, current Board chairman Rodney Lappe, Ph.D., will assume the role of Executive Chairman, acting as an advisor to the management team.
"We strongly believe in the Company and their scientific approach to oncology and we fully support the management team as they drive ongoing programs to critical clinical milestones in 2016," said Lappe.
Mirati Therapeutics develops molecularly targeted therapies intended to treat cancer by combining the three most important factors in oncology drug development: 1) researching and developing drug candidates that target genetic and epigenetic drivers of cancer as single agents and in combination, including combination with immune therapy, 2) designing creative and agile clinical development strategies that select for patients whose tumors are dependent on specific driver alterations, and 3) leveraging a highly accomplished oncology precision medicine leadership team. The Mirati team uses a blueprint proven by their prior work for developing potential breakthrough cancer therapies with accelerated development paths to improve outcomes for patients. Mirati is advancing three drug candidates through clinical development for multiple oncology indications. More information is available at www.mirati.com.
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