SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vaxart, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing oral recombinant vaccines that are administered by tablet rather than by injection, today announced the appointment of David Taylor, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Taylor brings over 35 years of extensive experience in medical research, drug and vaccine development and clinical trial management for government organizations, non-profits, academia and both private and public healthcare companies.
“Strengthening our leadership team with the appointment of David is an important milestone for Vaxart as we continue to advance our oral vaccine platform. Dr. Taylor is a drug discovery and development veteran with deep industry knowledge developing recombinant and enteric vaccines, with expertise in the design, execution and analysis of norovirus and influenza vaccine clinical trials,” said Wouter Latour, chief executive officer of Vaxart. “We are pleased to welcome David and are confident his guidance will prove invaluable as we move our vaccine programs further in the clinic.”
Prior to joining Vaxart, Dr. Taylor served as a senior medical officer of the drug and vaccine development global programs at PATH, where he developed clinical trial designs and executed studies for seasonal and universal flu vaccines and enteric vaccines. Earlier, he was senior medical director of vaccines at Takeda Vaccines, developing clinical trial plans for norovirus and dengue vaccines. Previously, Dr. Taylor served as chief medical officer at VaxInnate Corporation, where he focused on the development of recombinant vaccines for influenza and other infectious diseases, and chief medical officer and vice president of medical and safety at Salix Pharmaceuticals, where he developed Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for the treatment of traveller’s diarrhea and headed medical affairs and pharmacovigilance.
Before Salix, he was a research professor for the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Taylor began his career as an epidemic intelligence service officer in the Enteric Disease Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and served 22 years in various capacities at research institutes in the United States Army including founder and chief of the Department of Clinical Trials and acting director for the Division of Communicable Diseases and Immunology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
Dr. Taylor earned his MSc. in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, D.M.S. from Dartmouth Medical School and B.S. in Biology from Kenyon College.
Vaxart is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing oral recombinant protein vaccines based on its proprietary oral vaccine platform. Vaxart’s vaccines are designed to generate broad and durable immune responses that protect against a wide range of infectious diseases and may be useful for the treatment of chronic viral infections and cancer. Vaxart’s vaccines are administered using a convenient room temperature-stable tablet, rather than by injection. Vaxart believes that tablet vaccines are easier to distribute and administer than injectable vaccines, and have the potential to significantly increase vaccination rates. Vaxart’s development programs include oral tablet vaccines that are designed to protect against norovirus, seasonal influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as a therapeutic vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). Vaxart is also developing several small-molecule antiviral drug candidates, including teslexivir (BTA074), an antiviral treatment for condyloma caused by HPV types 6 and 11. For more information, please visit www.vaxart.com.
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