PharmaCyte Biotech Moving Closer to Human Clinical Trials
Around an Elite New Leadership Team
One of the untold stories regarding the recent transformation of PharmaCyte Biotech (OTCQB – PMCB - $0.1649 – Spec Buy) is that much of it is owed to the new leadership team. In the span of just over a year, Chief Executive Officer Kenneth L. Waggoner has significantly upgraded the quality of the Company’s leadership team, particularly with respect to the clinical research and execution side, which is a veritable “Who’s Who” in the global scientific community.
For example, the Company recently announced that Thomas Liquard has joined its Board of Directors and will become Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Liquard is a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive whose past experiences include serving as Senior Director, Portfolio Development Leader, Emerging Markets for the Established Products portfolio for Pfizer in New York, where he engineered his group's 505(b)(2) investment strategy, culminating in the $700M acquisition of NextWave Pharmaceuticals. Having a former Big Pharma executive, especially one with M&A experience, is a huge “get” for a company of PharmaCyte Biotech’s size. Moreover, since many mid-stage biotechs end up as targets or actual acquisitions of Big Pharma, Mr. Liquard’s experience in understanding how to help build a company for growth and for possible sale are invaluable.
Virtually every member of PharmaCyte Biotech’s 16-member strong international Diabetes Consortium are noted experts in the field of diabetes research in Europe and Asia and their work has been published in top scientific journals. For example, Prof. Ann. M Simpson and her colleagues at the UTS developed the Melligen cell line which recently demonstrated in animal tests that it could reverse Type 1 diabetes.
PharmaCyte Biotech’s collaboration with the Diabetes Consortium will be critical to the future treatment of diabetes, as the next phase of tests for this cell line will include the use PharmaCyte Biotech’s Cell-in-a-Box® delivery system in order to ensure the viability and success of the cell line inside humans. PharmaCyte Biotech has an exclusive world-wide license to that cell line. When the Melligen cells are encapsulated using PharmaCyte Biotech signature platform technology, “Cell-in-a-Box®”, the world may see a break-through technology on how insulin-dependent diabetes is treated.
The officers of PharmaCyte Biotech and Dr. Matthias Lohr, head of the Scientific Advisory Board, also have impressive resumes in the scientific field. COO Dr. Gerald W. Crabtree served as project manager for the development of the anticancer agent, Taxol® while Dr. Löhr and Dr. Walter Günzburg, the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer, were instrumental in the development of and clinical investigation of the earlier clinical trials of the combination of the Cell-in-a-Box® live cell encapsulation technology and the anticancer prodrug ifosfamide for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer. Both serve as consultants to PharmaCyte Biotech, as does the co-developer of the technology, Dr. Brian Salmons. Dr. Salmons is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
The group of scientists associated with the PharmaCyte Biotech on the oncology side also boasts a past President of the American Association for Cancer Research who is also the leading authority on pancreatic cancer. In fact, Dr. Daniel Van Hoff, along with his team at Translational Drug Development (TD2), has conducted early clinical investigations of many of anti-cancer agents that have been approved by the FDA and that are in use today. Considering that Translational Drug Development (TD2) has been conducting a series of preclinical studies using the Company’s flagship technology in recent months, it illustrates the merit and potentially huge value inherent in PharmaCyte Biotech’s technology.
Clearly, the strength and depth of this team, along with the officers of the Company, have significantly enhanced the potential clinical success and future of PharmaCyte Biotech and the Company should start seeing the fruit of its labors and its team’s efforts in the near future.
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