BEDMINSTER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME), an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer metabolism-based therapies (CMBTsTM), announced that, effective November 24, 2020, Steve Hoffman will remain in the role of Chairman of the board of directors and continue as the Company’s Chief Science Officer, after a successful tenure as Chief Executive Officer since 2015. Richie Cunningham, former Icagen CEO and Boehringer Ingelheim executive, has been appointed as TYME’s next Chief Executive Officer.
"We are fortunate to have been able to identify and bring on an individual with Mr. Cunningham’s significant experience in key facets sought by emerging biotech companies. His leadership and expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as his knowledge of efficient partnering strategies will be invaluable in helping TYME establish itself as a commercial organization with a pipeline of next-generation metabolic-based compounds," said Steve Hoffman, Chairman and Chief Science Officer of TYME.
Mr. Cunningham brings more than 20 years of successful leadership experience spanning from pre-IND drug discovery through the commercialization and launch of over a dozen therapies in oncology, rare disease, infectious disease, respiratory, neurology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Richie brings to TYME an in-depth understanding of maximizing therapeutic lifecycles, enhancing efficiencies and outcomes in biotech business models, and most importantly a commitment to a values-driven culture.
Mr. Cunningham also brings significant experience in mergers & acquisitions, business development, strategy development, therapeutic launches, contracting, managed care, and sales & marketing. Most recently, Richie served as CEO at Icagen, leading the company through two transformational acquisitions, acquiring assets and talent out of Pfizer and Sanofi. While CEO at Icagen, he successfully negotiated and signed multiple licensing deals with Roche, Sanofi and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Prior to joining Icagen, Mr. Cunningham was an executive with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Ingelheim, where he held a variety of key strategic and operational roles, including the launch of Boehringer’s first entrance into the oncology market with Gilotrif® (afatinib), an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, as a treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
In addition, Mr. Cunningham excelled in the National Football League holding All-Pro honors for the Dallas Cowboys. His career in the NFL spanned from 1994 until his retirement in 2002.
"TYME is positioned for success and I look forward to working with the leadership team and TYME employees to achieve its strategic short- and long-term objectives. I am excited about the prospects of making a positive impact in the lives of patients and enhancing the value for all stakeholders," said Richie Cunningham.
About Tyme Technologies
Tyme Technologies, Inc., is an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer therapeutics that are intended to be broadly effective across tumor types and have low toxicity profiles. Unlike targeted therapies that attempt to regulate specific mutations within cancer, the Company’s therapeutic approach is designed to take advantage of a cancer cell’s innate metabolic weaknesses to compromise its defenses, leading to cell death through oxidative stress and exposure to the body’s natural immune system. With the development of TYME-18 and TYME-19, the Company believes that it is also emerging as a leader in the development of bile acids as potential therapies for cancer and COVID-19. For more information, visit www.tymeinc.com. Follow us on social media: @tyme_Inc, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
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