CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has named Andrew A. Komjathy as Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Komjathy brings to Catabasis more than 30 years of experience in commercial operations and sales including extensive experience in rare diseases.
“Andrew brings valuable rare disease commercial experience including building high performing commercial teams and strategies for successful product launches,” said Jill C. Milne, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Catabasis. “We are looking forward to leveraging his expertise as we prepare for the potential commercialization of edasalonexent for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”
“Catabasis is in an exciting period progressing its Phase 3 trial of edasalonexent and preparing to potentially bring edasalonexent to market,” said Mr. Komjathy. “I am proud to be part of a team that puts patients first and thrilled to be joining their efforts to make a new treatment option available to the Duchenne community.”
Mr. Komjathy brings deep rare disease and commercial experience, most recently from his role as Vice President, Commercial Sales at Alkermes, Inc. He has also held senior level commercial operating positions in the U.S. Multiple Sclerosis Business Unit at Genzyme, in the North American and Asia-Pacific regions for Shire Human Genetic Therapies, as Shire Global Franchise Leader for Fabry/Gaucher in Switzerland, and at Biogen. Mr. Komjathy holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and his BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University.
Edasalonexent (CAT-1004) is an investigational oral small molecule designed to inhibit NF-kB that is being developed as a potential foundational therapy for all patients affected by DMD, regardless of their underlying mutation. In DMD the loss of dystrophin leads to chronic activation of NF-kB, which is a key driver of skeletal and cardiac muscle disease progression. We are currently enrolling our global Phase 3 PolarisDMD trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of edasalonexent for registration purposes. Edasalonexent is also being dosed in the open-label extension trial GalaxyDMD. In our MoveDMD Phase 2 trial and open-label extension, we observed that edasalonexent preserved muscle function and substantially slowed disease progression compared to rates of change in a control period, and significantly improved biomarkers of muscle health and inflammation. The FDA has granted orphan drug, fast track, and rare pediatric disease designations and the European Commission has granted orphan medicinal product designation to edasalonexent for the treatment of DMD. For a summary of clinical results, please visit www.catabasis.com.
At Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, our mission is to bring hope and life-changing therapies to patients and their families. Our lead program is edasalonexent, an NF-kB inhibitor in development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The global Phase 3 PolarisDMD trial is currently enrolling boys affected by Duchenne. For more information on edasalonexent and our Phase 3 PolarisDMD trial, please visit www.catabasis.com.
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