SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP), an oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel therapies for cancer, today announced the appointment of Frederick W. Driscoll to its board of directors. Mr. Driscoll will serve on the audit committee.
"As an industry veteran, Fred brings MEI a tremendous amount of industry and financial experience that we can leverage to effectively advance our oncology pipeline as our programs move into later stage development," said Daniel P. Gold, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of MEI Pharma. "We look forward to working with Fred and adding his valuable contributions to our efforts."
Mr. Driscoll currently serves on the board of directors of Abpro Therapeutics, Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. and NantKwest, Inc. He served as the chief financial officer of Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. from 2013 to 2017 and before joining Flexion, he was the chief financial officer at Novavax, Inc. from 2009 to 2013. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Driscoll served as the chief executive officer at Genelabs Technologies, Inc. and from 2007 to 2008 he served as the company's chief financial officer. He was also the chief executive officer of OXiGENE, Inc. from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Driscoll also served as the chairman of the board and audit committee chair at OXiGENE and as a member of the audit committee for Cynapsus Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Driscoll earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Bentley University.
About MEI Pharma
MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) is a San Diego-based oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel therapies for cancer. The Company's portfolio of drug candidates includes pracinostat, an oral HDAC inhibitor that is partnered with Helsinn Healthcare, SA. Pracinostat has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in combination with azacitidine for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are unfit for intensive chemotherapy. Pracinostat is also being developed in combination with azacitidine for the treatment of patients with high and very high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (NCT03151304). MEI Pharma's clinical development pipeline also includes ME-401, a highly differentiated oral PI3K delta inhibitor currently in a Phase 1b study in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL or follicular lymphoma, and voruciclib, an oral, selective CDK inhibitor shown to suppress MCL1, a known mechanism of resistance to BCL2 inhibitors. The Company is also developing ME-344, a novel mitochondrial inhibitor currently in an investigator-sponsored study in combination with bevacizumab for the treatment of HER2-negative breast cancer. Pracinostat, ME-401, ME-344 and voruciclib are investigational agents and are not approved for use in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.meipharma.com.
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