DURHAM, N.C., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Novoclem Therapeutics, Inc., a subsidiary of private life science technology company KNOW Bio, LLC, today announced the appointment of leading experts to its newly formed scientific advisory board. The SAB will serve as a strategic resource to Novoclem as it continues to develop multiple nitric oxide-releasing biopolymers for the treatment of severe respiratory diseases.
"We are thrilled with the addition of these experts in cystic fibrosis, pediatrics and infectious disease to our team of advisors," said Anne Whitaker, president and chief executive officer of Novoclem Therapeutics. "The knowledge and experience our SAB members bring to Novoclem is invaluable as we move our first product forward into clinical development next year. The SAB will also inform the development plan of additional new chemical entities within our discovery pipeline."
The inaugural members of Novoclem's scientific advisory board include:
Mike Knowles, M.D., Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Novoclem Therapeutics, Professor of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill
Donald "Dutch" VanDevanter, Ph.D, Consultant & Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Felix Ratjen, M.D., Division Chief Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Toronto
John LiPuma, M.D., Professor and Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan; Director, National Reference Lab for CFF
Scott Donaldson, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, Director for UNC-Chapel Hill Adult CF Care Center
"The launch of Novoclem's scientific advisory board underscores our commitment to continuing the development of novel inhaled nitric oxide-based therapeutics for the treatment of numerous respiratory diseases including cystic fibrosis," said Mark Schoenfisch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Novoclem. "The core of Novoclem's commercialization efforts is our broadly applicable nitric oxide biopolymer platform that facilitates the development of inhaled antimicrobial, mucolytic and anti-inflammatory therapies. The addition of expert clinicians to our team further positions Novoclem to achieve our goal of leading a new fight for cystic fibrosis patients, enabling them to breath better and live the life they desire."
About Novoclem Therapeutics
Novoclem Therapeutics was created to develop nitric oxide therapies for cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases. It is initially focused on developing a treatment for severe bacterial lung infections in CF patients. The technology is effective against both antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is present in the lungs of approximately 60 percent of patients with CF, and Mycobacterium abscessus, a growing threat to CF patients. The companyanticipates submitting an Investigational New Drug application and initiating First in Human clinical trials in 2018. More info available at www.novoclem.com.
About KNOW Bio LLC
KNOW Bio, LLC was created to develop and optimize the company's proprietary and versatile nitric oxide platform. The technology can be delivered as a drug in a variety of doses and release time frames, which makes the therapeutic areas that will likely be impacted by this platform immense.
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