Faron Strengthens Executive Team by Appointing New Medical Director
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd has announced today that it has strengthened its Executive Management Team with the appointment of MD, PhD, eMBA Matti Karvonen as its new Medical Director. Dr. Karvonen will be responsible for overseeing Faron´s drug development strategy and will play a central role in expanding the clinical programmes of Traumakine® and Clevegen®.
Dr. Markku Jalkanen, CEO of Faron said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Karvonen to our ambitious Executive Management Team. His appointment comes at an important time for Faron as we expand our clinical activities. Our lead drug candidate Traumakine, for the treatment of Acute Repsiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is now in a pan-European Phase III INTEREST trial, while clinical development for Clevegen, our novel cancer immunotherapy drug candidate is under active planning. Dr. Karvonen’s experience in taking drugs through development programmes will provide an invaluable insight into the needs of both ARDS and cancer patients.”
Dr. Karvonen has a background in clinical neurology with a deep medical experience in many international pharmaceutical organisations, including Roche, Biogen Idec and Novartis and has participated in many clinical programmes, most recently in the pan-European launch of a new neurological drug. In the early part of his career Dr. Karvonen held several research positions and he has also co-founded several commercial medical organisations.
About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Faron is a drug discovery and development company focused on creating novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company is based in Turku, Finland. The Company currently has a pipeline of clinical stage products focusing on acute organ traumas, cancer immunotherapy and vascular damage. The Company’s lead candidate Traumakine®, has been developed to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (“ARDS”), a rare, severe, life-threatening medical condition characterised by widespread inflammation in the lungs. Traumakine® is now in a pan-European pivotal Phase III study (INTEREST). Besides Traumakine®, Faron's pipeline consists of early stage assets including a pre-clinical anti-Clever-1 antibody named Clevegen®. Clevegen® is focused on converting the immune environment around a tumour from being immune suppressive to immune stimulating and represents a novel immuno-oncology approach. Faron Pharmaceuticals is listed on AIM.