CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--BIND Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIND), a clinical-stage nanomedicine company developing targeted and programmable therapeutics called Accurins™, today announced that Andrew Hirsch has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Company. Mr. Hirsch had been serving in the role on an acting basis since March 2015. Mr. Hirsch has also been elected to BIND's Board of Directors.
"After a thorough evaluation of internal and external candidates, the Board is confident that Andrew is the right person to lead the next phase of the Company's growth," said Daniel Lynch, Chairman, BIND Therapeutics Board of Directors. "His vision, operational philosophy and experience are ideally suited for the position. Since stepping in as acting president and CEO in March, we have been very impressed with his ability to quickly develop, and begin implementing, a strategic plan to drive current and future therapeutic opportunities in a direction we believe will most effectively create products that solve serious medical problems and create value for our shareholders."
"I'm excited by the opportunity to continue working with our employees, the senior management team and the Board as we develop therapies with the potential to have a profound impact on the treatment of serious diseases," said Mr. Hirsch. "Our nanomedicine platform, one of the most advanced in the industry, enables independent modulation of targeting, cellular trafficking and drug release. Together, these properties enable us to engineer novel therapeutic approaches that can lead to breakthrough therapies."
BIND's lead compound, BIND-014, is currently in phase 2 clinical trials for KRAS-mutant and squamous histology non-small cell lung cancer. BIND, in collaboration with AstraZeneca, expects to have a second Accurin, AZD2811, in the clinic in the third quarter of 2015. In addition, BIND's pre-clinical programs represent next generation Accurins leveraging novel targeting approaches and payloads appropriate for the multiple therapeutic strategies.
"Our BIND-014 clinical data demonstrates that the technology can alter the biodistribution of a therapeutic agent, leading to an improved therapeutic profile with a validated payload and ligand," continued Mr. Hirsch. "My vision is to move forward using novel targeting ligands and therapeutic payloads to engineer nanomedicines that lead to meaningful improvements in patient care that is currently unachievable by other therapeutic modalities. The research collaboration we announced last week with Macrophage Therapeutics is the first step in implementing that vision."
Mr. Hirsch will deliver a corporate presentation at the JMP Securities Life Sciences Conference 2015 tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET at the St. Regis hotel in New York City, where he will provide an update on BIND's pipeline of Accurins and additional details about his vision and the future direction of BIND. A live webcast of the presentation is available on the BIND Therapeutics website at www.bindtherapeutics.com. The webcast will be archived on the BIND Therapeutics website following the event for one week.
About BIND Therapeutics
BIND Therapeutics is a clinical-stage nanomedicine company developing a pipeline of Accurins, its novel targeted therapeutics designed to increase the concentration and duration of therapeutic payloads at disease sites while reducing exposure to healthy tissue. BIND is leveraging its Medicinal Nanoengineering platform to develop a pipeline of Accurins targeting hematological and solid tumors and has a number of strategic collaborations with biopharmaceutical companies to develop Accurins in areas of high unmet need. BIND's lead drug candidate, BIND-014, is a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) -targeted Accurin that contains docetaxel, a clinically-validated and widely-used cancer chemotherapy drug. BIND-014 is currently in development for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, in patients with KRAS mutations or squamous histology. In addition, BIND plans to initiate clinical trials with BIND-014 in cervical, bladder, head and neck and cholangio cancers in 2015. BIND is also advancing BIND-510, its second PSMA-targeted Accurin drug candidate containing vincristine, a potent microtubule inhibitor with dose limiting peripheral neuropathy in its conventional form, through important preclinical studies to position it for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016. Lastly, BIND is developing Accurins designed to inhibit PLK1 and KSP, both of which BIND believes are promising anti-mitotic targets that have been limited in the clinic due to myelotoxicity prior to reaching therapeutic doses.
BIND has announced ongoing collaborations with Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca AB, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Merck & Co., or Merck (known as Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada), and Macrophage Therapeutics (a subsidiary of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals) to develop Accurins based on their proprietary therapeutic payloads and targeting ligands.
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