AUSTIN, Texas & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing a new approach to treating cancer based upon a novel proprietary technology platform announced that it is continuing to grow its senior team with the hiring of Eric Chapdelaine, Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing, and Kalyn Dabbs, Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing, effective immediately. These hirings reflect the company’s latest steps in preparing to grow its operations and place an increased emphasis on corporate communications in 2019.
As the Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing, Eric Chapdelaine will oversee the company’s analytical development, chemistry, manufacturing and controls, technical operations and supply chain management for Genprex. He brings with him 14 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with a proven track record of driving growth. In his most recent role as the Director of Quality Control and Analytical Development at Cognate BioServices, he oversaw a staff of more than 40 employees in multiple laboratories working on cell and gene therapy. As the Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing, Kalyn Dabbs will be responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communication and marketing plans and managing the company’s digital strategy, an initiative the company has previously indicated will be a corporate focus in 2019. Prior to joining Genprex, Dabbs spent the past six years working in various communications and marketing roles in the healthcare and wellness industries.
“Having Eric and Kalyn join the Genprex team will bring value to the company and enhance our growth and communication efforts,” said Rodney Varner, Genprex’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. “Eric’s experience at both biotech companies and contract development and manufacturing organizations will be invaluable in managing and coordinating manufacturing partners and scale-up activities as we expand our research and development efforts and clinical trials of our lead product candidate, Oncoprex™, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and potentially other clinical sites.”
“Kalyn's role with our company will be essential as we execute our shareholder outreach and communications strategy in the coming year,” Varner continued. “We recognize the importance of boosting awareness of Genprex’s unique approach to cancer treatment, and Kalyn will help enable us to increase the quality and quantity of our corporate communications.”
The new hires are just the latest high-profile additions to the Genprex team in the past few months. Eric and Kalyn join Jan Stephens, RN, who came onto the team at the end of October as Genprex’s Vice President of Clinical Operations to oversee the company’s clinical operations as it expands its clinical trials of Oncoprex.
About Genprex, Inc.
Genprex, Inc. is a clinical stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for cancer patients, based upon a unique proprietary technology platform, including Genprex’s initial product candidate, Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Genprex’s platform technologies are designed to administer cancer fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanovesicles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. Oncoprex has a multimodal mechanism of action whereby it interrupts cell signaling pathways that cause replication and proliferation of cancer cells, re-establishes pathways for apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells, and modulates the immune response against cancer cells. Oncoprex has also been shown to block mechanisms that create drug resistance. Visit the company’s web site at www.genprex.com or follow Genprex on Twitter at twitter.com/genprex, Facebook at facebook.com/genprexinc, and LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/genprex.
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