BOSTON, July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of groundbreaking therapies to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) and other diseases caused by dysfunctional protein processing, today announced the appointment of Geoffrey S. Gilmartin, M.D., M.M.Sc., as its Chief Medical Officer (CMO), and Andrey E. Belous, M.D., Ph.D., as a Senior Medical Director, effective August 5, 2019. Dr. Gilmartin served most recently as Chief Medical Affairs Officer of the Company. Dr. Belous joins the Company from Galapagos NV (NASDAQ:GLPG), where he most recently served as a Medical Director for the company's Phase 3 program in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Po-Shun Lee, M.D., after a successful 4-year tenure as Chief Medical Officer, will transition out of his current role and will serve as a consultant for the Company.
"We are thrilled with Geoff's continued success at Proteostasis and welcome Andrey to the development team," said Meenu Chhabra, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proteostasis. "Proteostasis is well positioned for an imminent start to the next phase of development with our proprietary CFTR modulator doublet and triplet combinations in CF. Geoff and Andrey bring deep experience in CF and lung fibrosis from their backgrounds at Vertex and Galapagos, respectively, and we look forward to their contributions in these roles. On behalf of the PTI team, I want to thank Po-Shun for his leadership and steadfast commitment to our CF program, and we expect to continue to benefit from his expertise as a consultant to the Company."
Dr. Gilmartin brings nearly a decade of extensive experience leading clinical development. Before becoming Chief Medial Affairs Officer of Proteostasis in February 2019, he served as its Chief Development Officer since joining the Company in August 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Gilmartin held positions of increasing responsibility at AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN) and most recently served as senior medical lead in global medicines development for the benralizumab Phase 3 program in severe asthma. From 2011 to 2014, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) including serving as medical lead for the Kalydeco® (ivacaftor) clinical development program, as well as spearheading the initiation of Phase 3 trials to support label expansion studies for the drug. In addition to his leadership positions in the life sciences industry, Dr. Gilmartin is an attending physician in the intensive care unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and formerly served as director of the BIDMC Sleep Disorders Center and on its pulmonary leadership team. Dr. Gilmartin received a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, a M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine and a Master of Medical Science in clinical research from Harvard Medical School.
Prior to his time at Galapagos, Dr. Belous held multiple positions at The Medicines Company from 2014 to 2017. These positions included serving as Director, Global Health Science, where he focused on acute care as well as Medical Director where he provided medical, scientific/clinical, strategic, and operational leadership. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Medical Science Liaison at Genzyme, a Sanofi company, where he focused on field-based medical affairs. Dr. Belous obtained his M.D. from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, and his Ph.D. in medical sciences from National Research Center of Surgery in Moscow.
About Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc.
Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing small molecule therapeutics to treat cystic fibrosis and other diseases caused by dysfunctional protein processing. Headquartered in Boston, MA, the Proteostasis Therapeutics team focuses on identifying therapies that restore protein function. For more information, visit www.proteostasis.com.
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