PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing next-generation biologics for the restoration of cellular integrity of damaged tissues, has appointed Eric Keller, J.D. and Houman D. Hemmati, M.D., Ph.D. to the company’s Board of Directors.
Eric Keller is a proven business and legal executive with nearly 30 years of experience in life sciences-based companies. He is Founder and CEO of Redux Therapeutics, LLC, a clinical-stage small molecule drug development company; Co-Founder and Head of Strategy at C2Sense, an MIT-based medical diagnostic company; Executive Vice President of SGH2 Energy Global, a developer and operator of waste to green hydrogen projects; and Strategic Advisor and Chief Business Officer of SipNose, Ltd., a pioneering Israeli company delivering drugs direct nose-to-brain to treat a variety of CNS and other brain-related disorders.
Houman Hemmati is a board-certified ophthalmologist and leader in translational and late-stage drug development. He is presently Chief Medical Officer of Vyluma, Inc., which is developing a pharmacologic treatment for nearsightedness (myopia). He is also Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of aesthetic medicine company Levation Pharma and retina therapeutics company Optigo Biotherapeutics, which is developing long-acting intravitreal drugs for wet macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors of Trailhead Biosystems (stem cells) and MediPrint Ophthalmics (contact lens drug delivery) and advises a handful of companies in ophthalmology drug development. He previously served as Director, Clinical Development at Allergan, as Clinical Scientist in the Ophthalmology Therapeutic Area on several Phase 1, 2, and 3 studies, including the Phase 2 study for the program that led to the approval of Vuity to treat presbyopia.
“We are delighted to welcome Eric and Houman to our Board of Directors. Their vast experience in the scientific, legal and business aspects of late state drug development will provide significant value to Noveome as we focus our efforts on our most promising therapeutic targets,” said Patrick Welch, Acting CEO and current Board member of Noveome.
About Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Based in Pittsburgh, Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing next-generation biologics for the promotion and restoration of cellular integrity of inflamed or damaged tissues. Noveome has completed a Phase 2 open-label clinical trial that demonstrated the benefit ST266 had in healing persistent corneal epithelial defects (PEDs). ST266 also completed a Phase 1 open-label clinical trial establishing the safety of ST266 in intranasal transcribriform delivery from nose-to-brain and eye, and a Phase 1 clinical trial establishing the safety of intravenously administered ST266 in COVID-19 patients. For more information, visit www.noveome.com.
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