Pleasanton, CA, Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peak Bio, Inc. ("Peak Bio" or the "Company") (OTC PK: PKBO), is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing the next-generation of therapeutics to treat oncology and inflammatory orphan/rare diseases. We are pleased to announce the appointment of one new independent board member, Michael Friedman, MBA as a Class III Director and as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
“Our Board of Directors is comprised of an experienced and dedicated team of biotech leaders committed to advancing our portfolio of clinical-stage assets and preclinical platform programs. We are excited to channel Michael’s talent, breadth of experience, expertise, and energy into furthering our mission and continue to strengthen our Board.” Stephen LaMond, Interim CEO, COO & Hoyoung Huh, MD, PhD., Founder and Director.
Mr. Friedman served as Senior Vice President at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. Healthcare Investment Banking where he focused on M&A and capital markets from 2017 to 2023. Mr. Friedman has worked with numerous biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare services companies for over 15 years and has executed a significant number of M&A, IPO, leveraged finance, and equity follow-on transactions. Previously, Michael was an investment banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jefferies and Baird. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago; Booth School of Business and he received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin. The Company’s Board of Directors believes Mr. Friedman’s significant experience advising biopharmaceutical companies in M&A and finance qualifies him to serve on our board of directors.
About Peak Bio, Inc.
Peak Bio, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing the next-generation of therapeutics to treat oncology and inflammatory orphan/rare diseases. Peak Bio’s lead product candidate, PHP-303, is a 5th generation, small molecule, neutrophil elastase inhibitor currently awaiting initiation of a Phase II clinical study in the genetic orphan disease called Alpha1 anti-trypsin deficiency disorder (AATD). Peak Bio has successfully completed two Phase 1 clinical studies in human subjects: a single ascending dose trial (SAD) and a multiple ascending dose trial (MAD). The SAD and MAD PHP-303 clinical studies demonstrated a favorable safety profile, and a dose was established for Peak Bio’s upcoming clinical trials. Peak Bio’s cancer platform consists of novel payloads/toxins in conjunction an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) platform that seeks to address a growing unmet need in cancer care. Peak Bio’s current ADC approach has a dual mechanism of action that seeks to unit conventional and direct targeting of cancer cells with toxins while also engaging the immune system with the added potential to enhance cancer cell killing. The Peak Bio payload seeks to stimulate the immune system by leaving behind immune memory cells that continue to kill cancer cells following the initial therapeutic intervention even in the absence of further ADC treatments. The potential for immune reengagement when the cancer reoccurs could be an exciting and important advancement in cancer care with this dual mechanistic approach to cancer therapeutics. Peak Bio’s lead payload appears to be a poor substrate for multi-drug resistance (MDR) transporters which is a growing concern in the ADC field.
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Stephen LaMond, PharmD, MBA
Interim CEO and COO
Peak Bio, Inc.