BOSTON, March 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Stealth BioTherapeutics (Nasdaq: MITO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for diseases involving mitochondrial dysfunction, today announced promotion of Marty Redmon, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Discovery, Development, and Tech Ops, to the role of Chief Research & Development Officer, effective immediately.
"Marty is an accomplished leader who has made many vital contributions to our development efforts," said Reenie McCarthy, Stealth's CEO. "In addition to leading our pharmaceutical sciences and technical operations initiatives, including in connection with our upcoming NDA submission, associated launch planning, and ongoing work to develop an intravitreal injection for elamipretide for dry AMD, Marty has also made great strides progressing our pipeline of mitochondria targeted therapeutics. Under his leadership, we've generated promising preclinical data for SBT-272 and the SBT-550 series in various neurological disease models. I am pleased to announce Marty's well-deserved promotion and am confident that he will continue to drive new levels of scientific excellence as we advance Stealth's development pipeline."
Following his promotion to Chief Research & Development Officer, Dr. Redmon will continue to be responsible for the oversight of all disciplines involved in the Company's pharmaceutical sciences and technical operations to support preclinical, clinical, and commercial supply needs, as well as its discovery platform comprising over 100 novel mitochondrial targeted pipeline compounds.
Marty has more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D, operations, and project and functional line management. Prior to joining Stealth in 2015, he served as Senior Vice President of Research, Development and Technical Operations at Precision Dermatology, and has previously held pharmaceutical development positions at Eli Lilly, Focal, Sepracor, Praecis, and ArQule. He brings experience managing R&D and manufacturing organizations responsible for development of a broad range of therapeutics in a variety of dosage forms. Marty holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Kentucky.
We are a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for diseases involving mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria, found in nearly every cell in the body, are the body's main source of energy production and are critical for normal organ function. Dysfunctional mitochondria characterize a number of rare genetic diseases and are involved in many common age-related diseases, typically involving organ systems with high energy demands such as the heart, the eye, and the brain. We believe our lead product candidate, elamipretide, has the potential to treat both rare metabolic cardiomyopathies, such as Barth, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Friedreich's ataxia, rare mitochondrial diseases entailing nuclear DNA mutations, such as POLG-related disorders, as well as ophthalmic diseases entailing mitochondrial dysfunction, such as dry AMD and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. We are evaluating our second-generation clinical-stage candidate, SBT-272, and our new series of small molecules, SBT-550, for rare neurological disease indications following promising preclinical data. We have optimized our discovery platform to identify novel mitochondria-targeted compounds which may be nominated as therapeutic product candidates or utilized as scaffolds to deliver other compounds to mitochondria.
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