Neurotrope Appoints Neuroscientist Sam Kongsamut as Executive Director, Pharmacology
– Dr. Kongsamut specializes in age-related and neuroscience/CNS disorders –
Plantation, FL. – June 4, 2014 – Neurotrope, Inc. (OTCQB: NTRP) announced today the appointment of Sam Kongsamut, Ph.D., as Executive Director, Pharmacology, effective immediately. In this role, Dr. Kongsamut will be responsible for accelerating the Company’s product development efforts. Dr. Kongsamut is a neuroscientist with a specialized background in preclinical models used in identifying early stage drug leads.
“With his vast experience in neurodegenerative diseases, we expect Sam to be a great asset to Neurotrope as we advance our clinical studies,” stated Dr. James New, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Specifically, Sam’s skill base will significantly enhance the Company’s goals of commercializing our technologies relating to the diagnostic and therapeutic products focused on Alzheimer’s Disease along with our current efforts exploring therapeutic products for other neurodegenerative diseases such as Fragile X. I believe we have added a key element to our well-rounded and experienced management team.”
Dr. Kongsamut joins Neurotrope with more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D and business development at world-class companies such as Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hoechst Marion Roussel, Aventis, sanofi-aventis, now Sanofi. In 2012, Dr. Kongsamut founded Rudder Serendip LLC, a consulting practice that serves clients at universities, foundations and biotechnology companies, principally advising clients on R&D plans and business development matters. Prior to 2012, he was Director of External Innovation at sanofi-aventis, using his experience to identify opportunities for collaboration and licensing for broad therapeutic interests within the Aging Unit and the CNS Therapeutic Department. In addition, Dr. Kongsamut managed various-sized groups of scientists in biochemical pharmacology that served multiple project teams in the neuroscience area, and was a member of the CNS Board that managed the CNS project portfolio.
Dr. Kongsamut managed and worked on a variety of multi-disciplinary drug discovery and development projects covering a range of technologies and therapeutic indications in neuroscience and aging including, but not limited to: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety-depression, schizophrenia, and spinal cord injury. Within those areas, he helped translate animal pharmacology to human pharmacology, including being involved with two marketed drugs that are currently used to treat patients.
Dr. Kongsanut obtained a PhD at the University of Chicago and had postdoctoral training at Cornell and Yale Universities.
Dr. Kongsamut stated, “I am very pleased to join this experienced management team. I look forward to assisting the Company with its efforts to commercialize its promising technologies relating to helping patients who suffer from certain neurodegenerative diseases. I believe I bring a unique and complementary skill set to the management team which should accelerate achieving the Company’s goals and objectives.”
Neurotrope was formed in October 2012 to develop and market two product platforms: a drug candidate called bryostatin for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, and; a minimally invasive biomarker analysis system for the diagnosis of this disease. A Phase 2a study with bryostatin in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease is scheduled to commence in June 2014. Both of these programs are being progressed in collaboration with Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (“BRNI”), which has licensed this technology to Neurotrope. The Company is also leveraging several other of BRNI’s proprietary research advances towards the near-term initiation of new clinical studies looking at other high value central nervous system targets that present neurodegeneration as a core part of their pathology. Both the preclinical and clinical efforts of Neurotrope are focused on the development of conventional small molecules that are extraordinarily potent in the activation of the enzyme PKCepsilon, which has been shown to play a central role in orchestrating the expression of a number of neurotrophic proteins that aid the process of neuroregeneration. More technical information on this promising approach to treat a variety of neurodegenerative diseases can be found on the Company’s website.
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