GT Biopharma Announces Former Abraxis CEO, Bruce J. Wendel as Vice Chairman of GTBP Board of Directors
BEVERLY HILLS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 17, 2020 / PGT Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB:GTBP) (GTBP.PA) an immuno-oncology company focused on innovative therapies based on the Company's proprietary NK cell engager (TriKE™) technology is pleased to announce Mr. Bruce J. Wendel has joined the Company's Board of Directors as Vice Chairman of GT Bioscience, Inc.
Mr. Wendel served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abraxis BioScience, Inc., from January 2010 to December 2010, where he oversaw the development and commercialization of Abraxane®. Mr. Wendel also led the negotiations that culminated in the acquisition of Abraxis by Celgene (CELG) in a deal valued at over $2.9 billion. Mr. Wendel retired in July 2017, and prior to retirement was Chief Strategic Officer of Hepalink USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Company from July 2012 to July 2017. Prior to Abraxis, Mr. Wendel served in business and corporate development roles of increasing responsibility at American Pharmaceutical Partners, IVAX Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Wendel earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School, and a B.S. from Cornell University. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Wendel's qualifications to sit on the Board include his experience building companies and bringing oncology drugs to the market, along with his oversight of the development and commercialization of Abraxane®, and his life sciences industry experience and knowledge.
Mr. Anthony Cataldo, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GT Biopharma commented "we are pleased to welcome Bruce to the Company as Vice Chairman to the Board of Directors, and we look forward to working with Bruce as we advance TriKE™ in clinical development for the treatment of cancer and other diseases."
About GTB-3550 Trispecific NK cell Engager (TriKE™)
GTB-3550 is the Company's first TriKE™ product candidate being initially developed for the treatment AML. GTB-3550 is a single-chain, tri-specific scFv recombinant fusion protein conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD16 and anti-CD33 antibodies and a modified form of IL-15. The natural killer (NK) cell stimulating cytokine human IL-15 portion of the molecule provides a self-sustaining signal that activates NK cells and enhances their ability to kill. We intend to study GTB-3550 in CD33 positive leukemias such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and other CD33+ hematopoietic malignancies.
About GT Biopharma, Inc.
GT Biopharma, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology therapeutic products based our proprietary Tri-specific Killer Engager (TriKE™) platform. Our TriKE platform is designed to harness and enhance the cancer killing abilities of a patient's immune system natural killer cells (NK cells). GT Biopharma has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Minnesota to further develop and commercialize cancer therapies using proprietary TriKE™ technologies.
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Released November 17, 2020