CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eleven Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:EBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing protein therapeutics to treat diseases of the eye, today announced the appointment of Gary J. Sternberg, M.D., M.B.A. as Executive Vice President of Corporate and Business Development. Dr. Sternberg brings more than 20 years of ophthalmology expertise including biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience and medical practice.
“With his outstanding business leadership and medical experience in the ophthalmology field, Gary is an excellent addition to the Eleven team as our pipeline of product candidates to treat ocular disease continues to mature,” said Abbie Celniker, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics. “Gary has a well-established track record, with significant ophthalmic industry experience and proven ability in corporate and strategic transactions, product licensing and acquisitions, business development and alliance management.”
“I am delighted to be joining Eleven at this exciting stage of its development with its lead product candidate, EBI-005, in a pivotal phase 3 clinical study for dry eye disease and a product pipeline that includes earlier stage ophthalmic product candidates targeting significant unmet needs, including back of the eye disease,” said Dr. Sternberg. “I look forward to working with the Eleven team to advance its product pipeline to bring new treatments for ocular diseases to patients.”
Prior to joining Eleven Biotherapeutics, Dr. Sternberg served as Therapeutic Head of Ophthalmic Medical Affairs for Genentech, a division of the Roche Group. Prior to Genentech, he served as Executive Director, Strategic Transactions Group for Bristol-Myers Squibb with responsibility for licensing across multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dr. Sternberg served as Chief Business Officer for Fovea Pharmaceuticals, an ophthalmic focused biotechnology company, with primary responsibility for corporate development activities. Prior to Fovea, he served as Vice President Alliance Management and Business Development for Eyetech Pharmaceuticals Inc. and (OSI) Eyetech, Inc., OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s eyecare subsidiary. Dr. Sternberg is a board certified ophthalmologist. He earned his M.D. at State University of New York (SUNY – Brooklyn) and conducted his postgraduate residency training in Ophthalmology and fellowship training in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
About Eleven Biotherapeutics
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary protein engineering platform, called AMP-Rx, that it applies to the discovery and development of protein therapeutics to treat diseases of the eye. The Company’s therapeutic approach is based on the role of cytokines in diseases of the eye, the Company’s understanding of the structural biology of cytokines and the Company’s ability to rationally design and engineer proteins to modulate the effects of cytokines. Cytokines are cell signaling molecules found in the body that can have important inflammatory effects.
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