NEW YORK, Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNX), an oncology company developing innovative medicines and imaging analysis technology for targeting and treating cancer, today announced the appointment of Asha Das, M.D. to the newly created role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Das brings 13 years of drug development experience, including leading activities related to the approval and launch of Avastin® in multiple indications at Genentech, as well as a decade of clinical practice and academic expertise in neurology and neuro-oncology.
“Asha is a talented clinician and a proven oncology drug development leader,” stated Mark Baker, CEO of Progenics. “Her experience developing and executing registrational studies will be invaluable to Progenics as we advance our portfolio of PSMA-targeted imaging and therapeutic agents and look to developing new indications for AZEDRA. We are delighted to welcome her to the Company.”
Dr. Das most recently served as Tocagen’s Chief Medical Officer, where she led the development of the company’s cancer-selective gene therapy platform. From April 2008 to April 2015, Dr. Das served at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, in positions of increasing responsibility, initially as Associate Medical Director and ultimately as Group Medical Director. She was responsible for leading activities related to the approval and launch of Avastin in recurrent glioblastoma, expansion into platinum-resistant ovarian cancer and metastatic cervical cancer as well as clinical activities related to TECENTRIQ®. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Das served as Associate Medical Director at Eisai Inc., a pharmaceutical company, where she focused on clinical activities related to the oncology therapeutics HALAVEN® and LENVIMA™. Prior to that, Dr. Das was head of the neuro-oncology program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“This is an exciting time to be joining Progenics, with the launch of AZEDRA in adult and pediatric patients with ultra-rare cancers, and the recent progress in the Company’s pipeline of radiopharmaceuticals, a new class of drugs,” commented Dr. Das. “In addition, PyL represents an opportunity to change how prostate cancer is diagnosed and managed, while 1095 leverages the power of our PSMA-targeted radiopharmaceutical approach to potentially improve outcomes for patients with prostate cancer. I look forward to leading these transformative programs and advancing Progenics’ mission to find, fight and follow cancer.”
Dr. Das is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in the sub-specialty of neuro-oncology by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties and previously served as a clinical fellow in neuro-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Das completed her residency in neurology at Cornell Medical Center and has held academic appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Francisco; and National University of Singapore. Dr. Das obtained her medical degree and bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Progenics develops innovative medicines and other technologies to target and treat cancer, including: therapeutic agents designed to treat cancer (AZEDRA® (iobenguane I 131), 1095, and PSMA TTC); prostate-specific membrane antigen (“PSMA”) targeted imaging agent for prostate cancer (PyL™); and imaging analysis technology (PSMA AI and aBSI). Progenics has two commercial products, AZEDRA, for the treatment of patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma (rare neuroendocrine tumors of neural crest origin) who require systemic anticancer therapy and RELISTOR® (methylnaltrexone bromide) for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, which is partnered with Bausch Health Companies Inc.
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