SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced the promotion of Dr. Mark Pykett to Chief Scientific Officer and Dr. Neil Almstead to Chief Technical Operations Officer.
"Achievement of our long-term strategy requires accelerating our research engine with our small molecule and gene therapy platforms as well as fostering our manufacturing expertise to focus on supplying the needs of our advancing gene therapy franchise," said Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of PTC Therapeutics.
Mark Pykett, V.M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to Chief Scientific Officer, a role in which he leads the research initiatives of PTC. Dr. Pykett joined PTC as part of the acquisition of Agilis Pharmaceuticals, where he served as CEO. Mark has over 20 years of leadership in R&D. Dr. Pykett held senior executive roles and directorships at several public and private companies focused on a range of therapeutic areas, indications and products. Dr. Pykett received his B.A. degree in Biology from Amherst College, a Ph.D. and V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and completed post-doctorate fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
Neil Almstead, Ph.D., has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Technical Operations Officer. In this role, he is responsible for manufacturing and supply chain for both the small molecule programs, as well as the gene therapy platform. Neil is leading the build-up of our in-house manufacturing for gene therapy. Dr. Almstead joined PTC in 2000 and has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his PTC career, including building PTC's robust supply and distribution networks and manufacturing operations.
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