TUSTIN, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPHM) today announced that Marvin R. Garovoy, MD, has joined the company as head of clinical science. Dr. Garovoy has extensive biotechnology industry experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials for innovative new drugs. At Peregrine, he will have primary responsibility for establishing and supervising an Investigator-Sponsored Trials (IST) program, as well as expanding scientific outreach and assisting with clinical trial design for the bavituximab and Cotara® programs. Dr. Garovoy brings extensive experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials and played a major role in the successful clinical development, regulatory approval and commercial launch of Raptiva®, a monoclonal antibody drug for the treatment of psoriasis jointly developed by XOMA and Genentech.
"As the bavituximab oncology program has advanced and begun yielding promising Phase II clinical data, a growing number of oncologists are expressing interest in conducting investigator-sponsored trials with bavituximab," said Steven W. King, president and CEO of Peregrine. "These ISTs can be a very important part of our overall clinical development program, potentially providing invaluable information that might not otherwise be obtained from our company-initiated trials. We are delighted that Dr. Garovoy is joining our clinical and regulatory team with primary responsibility for establishing this program. He has extensive experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials for novel biologic drug candidates and we expect that his efforts will contribute significantly to the success of this initiative."
Most recently, Dr. Garovoy has been chief medical officer at Arriva Pharmaceuticals, joining from Hyperion Therapeutics where he was senior vice president of clinical development. For most of the previous decade, Dr. Garovoy held senior clinical positions at XOMA, including vice president of clinical science. In addition to overseeing clinical development programs at XOMA, Dr. Garovoy was responsible for managing clinical collaborations with external partners.
"Bavituximab is a promising new approach with broad potential for the treatment of solid cancers and other diseases," said Dr. Garovoy. "Based on the encouraging results seen in early clinical trials, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with clinical researchers to establish the investigator-sponsored studies that will enhance our understanding of the clinical potential of this exciting new agent."
Dr. Garovoy has authored over 200 medical publications and holds two patents. He held teaching positions as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and more recently as a Professor of Surgery and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Garovoy received a BA degree from New York University and an MD degree with honors from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He completed a post-graduate fellowship in Immunology and Transplantation at Harvard Medical School.
About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative product candidates in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and serious virus infections. The company is pursuing three separate clinical programs in cancer and HCV infection with its lead product candidates bavituximab and Cotara®. Peregrine also has in-house manufacturing capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and bio-manufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at www.peregrineinc.com.
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