CALGARY, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Resverlogix Corp. (TSX:RVX) today announced the appointment of Michael T. Sweeney, M.D., as senior vice president of clinical development.
Dr. Sweeney, a cardiologist with extensive experience in pharmaceutical product development and marketing, will oversee clinical development programs for RVX-208 in cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes mellitus, and other indications. This will include the company's Phase 2/3 trial of RVX-208 in patients with high-risk CVD with low HDL and diabetes mellitus.
"As we continue the development of RVX-208 for chronic diseases like CVD and diabetes mellitus, Michael brings highly relevant clinical development experience to our company," said Donald McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Resverlogix. "His expertise in vascular and cardiology product development will be beneficial as we prepare for the initiation of the Phase 2/3 trial of RVX-208 in patients with CVD and diabetes mellitus. We are set to begin enrolling patients in the first half of 2015 and plan additional trials to evaluate the drug in other conditions like Alzheimer's disease, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease."
Dr. Sweeney has an impressive career history, including 11 years at Pfizer Inc., holding a variety of senior-level medical and marketing positions, including Senior Director, Urology Global Medical Group Leader and Director of marketing of the Viagra® Worldwide Team. Prior to joining Resverlogix, Dr. Sweeney was a strategic pharmaceutical consultant for Impax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company with drug delivery and formulation technology, where he prepared a European marketing authorization application (MAA) for a product to treat neurologic disease. Prior to Impax, Dr. Sweeney was Chief Medical Officer and vice president of research and development at Depomed, Inc., where he implemented the company's strategic plan for product development activities including opportunity assessment, clinical trials and interactions with the FDA. Prior to Depomed, Dr. Sweeney was vice president of medical affairs at CV Therapeutics, Inc., where he built the medical affairs department to enable the successful launch of Ranexa® for patients with cardiovascular disease and chronic angina. Dr. Sweeney also spent time as a senior clinical pharmacologist and a medical advisor at Zeneca Group PLC (prior to the AstraZeneca merger).
Dr. Sweeney holds biochemistry and medical degrees from Liverpool University and an advanced medical research degree from Manchester University in the U.K. Dr. Sweeney also holds post-graduate diplomas in pharmaceutical medicine and pharmaco-epidemiology from the University of London. He also is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
RVX-208 is a first-in-class, small molecule selective BET bromodomain inhibitor. BET-Bromodomain inhibition is an epigenetic mechanism that can turn disease-causing genes either on or off, returning them to a healthier state. RVX-208 is the first and only BET inhibitor selective for BRD4-BD2, producing a nexus of biological effects with important benefits for patients with disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease while maintaining an excellent safety profile. Resverlogix is planning to study RVX-208 in a Phase 2/3 clinical trial in CVD patients with diabetes mellitus and low HDL.
Resverlogix Corp. is developing RVX-208, a first-in-class, small molecule selective BET bromodomain inhibitor for the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease. RVX-208 is the only selective BET bromodomain inhibitor in clinical trials. Resverlogix's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RVX). For further information please visit www.resverlogix.com. We can be followed on our blog at http://www.resverlogix.com/blog.
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