Dr. Dere brings to Seres more than two decades of scientific, clinical, and strategic biopharmaceutical experience. He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine, Executive Director of Personalized Health, and Co-director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Previously, Dr. Dere held several positions at Amgen, including, most recently, Head of Global Development and Chief Medical Officer. During his career in the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Dere led the clinical development of numerous approved products in osteoporosis, inflammation, nephrology, and oncology.
“Willard Dere is a highly distinguished industry leader with deep clinical development and strategic industry expertise,” said Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., President, CEO and Chairman of Seres. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Willard to the Seres Board during this important period, where Seres is developing SER-109 as the first Phase 3 stage microbiome therapeutic candidate and which may be the first ever FDA approved microbiome drug.”
Dr. Dere commented: “Seres is advancing a promising pipeline of microbiome product candidates using a highly differentiated scientific approach. I am eager to contribute to the company’s objective of bringing the first FDA approved microbiome products to individuals with serious diseases.”
Dr. Dere serves as the Professor of Internal Medicine; B. Lue and Hope S. Bettilyon Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine for Diabetes Research, Executive Director of Personalized Health, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Prior to re-joining academia in November 2014, Dr. Dere was in the biopharmaceutical industry for 25 years. He joined Amgen in 2003 where he held multiple roles including head of global development, and both corporate and international chief medical officer. He led development of programs in various therapeutic areas, and retired from Amgen in October 2014. He began his career at Eli Lilly in 1989, and held a number of different global roles in clinical pharmacology, regulatory affairs, and both early-stage translational and late-stage clinical research. Dr. Dere currently serves on the Board of Directors of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Ocera Therapeutics, and Radius Health. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of California, Davis, completed his internal medicine residency training at the University of Utah, and his postdoctoral training in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of California, San Francisco.
About Seres Therapeutics
Seres Therapeutics is a leading microbiome therapeutics platform company developing a novel class of biological drugs that are designed to treat disease by restoring the function of a dysbiotic microbiome, where the natural state of bacterial diversity and function is imbalanced. A Phase 3 clinical study with its lead program, SER-109, is ongoing in patients with multiply recurrent C. difficile infection. Seres’ second clinical candidate, SER-287, is being evaluated in a Phase 1b study in patients with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis, and the study has completed enrollment. Seres is also developing SER-262, the first ever synthetic microbiome therapeutic candidate, in a Phase 1b study in patients with primary C. difficile infection. For more information, please visit www.serestherapeutics.com. Follow us on Twitter @SeresTx.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding Seres’ goals and objectives, the potential impact of Seres’ microbiome therapeutics platform, expectations regarding Seres’ pipeline, and Dr. Dere’s potential contribution to Seres.
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