6 February 2023
Lava Therapeutics announces the appointment of Dr. Charles Morris as Chief Medical Officer
UTRECT, The Netherlands and PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LAVA Therapeutics N.V. (Nasdaq LVTX), an immuno-oncology company focused on developing its proprietary Gammabody™ platform of bispecific gamma-delta T cell engagers to transform the treatment of cancer, today announced that Dr. Charles Morris has joined LAVA as chief medical officer effective February 6, 2023. Dr. Morris will replace Benjamin Winograd, MD, PhD.
“During a 25-year tenure in the industry, Dr. Morris has demonstrated a proven track record of advancing novel oncology product candidates from clinical development through global regulatory approvals,” said Stephen Hurly, president and chief executive officer of LAVA Therapeutics. “His broad experience garnered at global biotech and pharmaceutical companies will be instrumental as we progress the development of our platform of bispecific gamma-delta T cell engagers.”
“LAVA has the potential to impact cancer treatment with its next-generation gamma-delta T cell engagers and I look forward to collaborating with the leadership team to advance LAVA’s pipeline and bring new therapeutic options to patients,” said Dr. Morris.
Dr. Morris is a medical oncologist with over 25 years of oncology drug development experience working with global biotech and pharmaceutical companies and managing numerous drug approvals. Most recently, he was the chief medical officer for Celyad Oncology, a biotechnology company focused on the research and discovery of chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T) therapies for cancer. Dr. Morris also served as chief medical officer of Radius Health and held leadership positions at PsiOxus Therapeutics, ImmunoGen and Allos Therapeutics, where he contributed to all phases of development for solid and hematological tumor indications. He was also vice president of worldwide clinical research at Cephalon where he supported the approval of TREANDA® (bendamustine) for the treatment of indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytopenia. He began his career at AstraZeneca and held roles of increasing responsibility including global medical lead for Faslodex® (fulvestrant) which he managed through its approval for breast cancer.
Dr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics degree from Sheffield University Medical School in the UK and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
LAVA Therapeutics N.V. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company utilizing its proprietary Gammabody™ platform to develop a portfolio of bispecific gamma delta T cell engagers for the potential treatment of solid and hematologic malignancies. The Company utilizes bispecific antibodies engineered to selectively kill cancer cells by triggering Vγ9Vδ2 (Vgamma9 Vdelta2) T cell antitumor effector functions upon cross-linking to tumor-associated antigens. LAVA-051, the Company’s lead candidate for the treatment of multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and acute myeloid leukemia, is enrolling patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical study (NCT04887259). A Phase 1/2a clinical study to evaluate LAVA-1207 in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is also enrolling (NCT05369000). For more information, please visit www.lavatherapeutics.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
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