PLANTATION, Fla., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurotrope, Inc. (OTCQB: NTRP) (the "Company") announced today that James Gottlieb has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Gottlieb has extensive senior level experience in a broad range of positions in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. House and Senate, and in the private and non-profit sectors. During his time in Washington, Mr. Gottlieb directed significant congressional policy and oversight matters regarding the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and health-related aspects of the Veterans Administration, the largest civilian health provider in the nation.
Mr. Gottlieb is currently a partner with Capital Counsel LLC, where he leads the commerce team. His clients include a broad range of matters including healthcare, aviation, telecommunications, e-commerce, oversight and investigations and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining Capital Counsel LLC and based upon his in-depth experience in legislation, oversight and investigations (including with the FDA) and political roles on Capitol Hill, and foundation management, consulting and strategic advisory roles outside of government, Mr. Gottlieb formed Gottlieb Strategic Consulting, a government affairs firm.
Mr. Gottlieb served as the chief of staff for Representative Ted Weiss (D-NY) and later the Subcommittee on Human Resources & Government Relations of the House Committee on Government Operations (now Committee on Oversight & Government Reform), where he directed a wide range of oversight investigation and legislation in health, education, and veterans' matters. Mr. Gottlieb served as Senator Jay Rockefeller's chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also served as Senator Rockefeller's Chief-of-Staff and was responsible for the Senator's legislative community, economic development and political operations.
Mr. Gottlieb then served as chief management consultant to the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute ("BRNI") as a strategic policy and advocacy advisor and managed the restructuring of this multi-million dollar medical research facility for the study of brain disorders and continued to serve as legal counsel and policy advisor to Senator Rockefeller, BRNI's Chairman. He served as a Board of Directors member of BRNI and serves as Treasurer of Friends of Jay Rockefeller.
Mr. Gottlieb received a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University, a Master of Education from New York University and a law degree from New York Law School.
"I am very pleased to join Neurotrope's Board of Directors," stated Mr. Gottlieb. "Given my extensive experience in healthcare relating to governmental operations and my affiliation with BRNI and Senator Jay Rockefeller, I believe I can assist Neurotrope with regulatory matters while facilitating the growing relationship between BRNI and Neurotrope."
The Company's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jim New, said, "We are very pleased to have Jim join our Board. His lobbying and healthcare regulatory expertise nicely complements our current, experienced Board of Directors. I also look forward to his operations insights and guidance."
Neurotrope was formed in October 2012 to develop and market two product platforms, including a non-invasive diagnostic test for Alzheimer's Disease and a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, both of which are in the clinical testing stage. Neurotrope was formed for the primary purpose of commercializing certain technologies that were initially developed by Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute ("BRNI") and its affiliates, for therapeutic or diagnostic applications for Alzheimer's Disease or other cognitive dysfunctions. These technologies have been under development since 1999 and have been financed through significant funding from a variety of non-investor sources. The Company expects that its first product, the diagnostic test for Alzheimer's Disease, will finish the testing phase of its development in 2015, whereupon the Company will evaluate the feasibility of its commercialization. In addition to bryostatin and the diagnostic test for Alzheimer's Disease, the Company currently intends to pursue development of two other technology platforms developed by and licensed from BRNI: the first, a platform for transporting drugs into the brain through the "blood-brain-barrier," and the second, a group of drugs for enhancing cognition, mood and alertness for neuropsychiatric conditions.
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