CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--X4 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: XFOR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases, today announced the appointment of E. Lynne Kelley, M.D., FACS, as the company’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Kelley brings more than a decade of experience driving clinical development and global expansion of novel pharmaceutical products at both emerging and established life sciences companies. Dr. Kelley is a Board Certified General and Vascular Surgeon.
“We are thrilled to have Lynne join our team as Chief Medical Officer,” said Paula Ragan, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of X4 Pharmaceuticals. “Her broad medical and biopharmaceutical industry experience, along with her deep understanding of complex regulatory applications, will be invaluable as we execute our global Phase 3 pivotal trial in WHIM syndrome, a rare genetic, primary immunodeficiency disease, and advance our pipeline across additional rare and ultra-rare diseases.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for X4 with its many recent accomplishments and ongoing clinical development efforts. I look forward to working with this very talented and dedicated team of industry experts to deliver on a shared goal of bringing novel therapies to patients with rare disease who have limited treatment options,” commented Dr. Kelley.
Before joining X4, Dr. Kelley was CMO of Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company Histogenics Corporation (Nasdaq: HSGX), where she led the development of restorative cell therapies to replace damaged cartilage and oversaw the completion of a Phase 3 clinical trial and regulatory submission for the company’s lead program. Dr. Kelley previously served as CMO of Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SENS) and held leadership positions in clinical development roles at global companies such as Becton, Dickinson and Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Boston Scientific Corporation.
Dr. Kelley received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. Dr. Kelley is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed publications. She trained at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a practicing surgeon at Yale University. Dr. Kelley was named Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was awarded an NIH research grant at Harvard and the Marco Polo Fellowship studying at Hospital Henri Mondor of the University Paris Hospital System.
About X4 Pharmaceuticals
X4 Pharmaceuticals is developing novel therapeutics designed to improve immune cell trafficking to treat rare diseases, including primary immunodeficiencies and certain cancers. X4’s oral small molecule drug candidates antagonize the CXCR4 pathway, which plays a central role in immune surveillance. X4’s most advanced product candidate, mavorixafor (X4P-001), is expected to commence a global Phase 3 pivotal trial in patients with WHIM syndrome, a rare genetic, primary immunodeficiency disease, in the second quarter of 2019 and is currently also under investigation in a Phase 2a clinical trial in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. X4 was founded and is led by a team with extensive product development and commercialization expertise, including several former members of the Genzyme leadership team, and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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