Edgewise Therapeutics Appoints Marc Semigran, M.D., As Chief Development Officer
Edgewise Therapeutics Appoints Marc Semigran, M.D., As Chief Development Officer
– Former Chief Medical Officer of MyoKardia and Renovacor to lead cardiovascular development at Edgewise –
BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edgewise Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EWTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing orally bioavailable, targeted, small molecule therapies for individuals with devastating muscle disorders, announced today the appointment of Marc Semigran, M.D., as Chief Development Officer. Dr. Semigran brings considerable clinical development and translational medicine experience to Edgewise, having most recently served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Renovacor through its acquisition by Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and previously served as CMO and Senior Vice President of medical science at MyoKardia through its acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb in 2020 for $13.1 billion. He will be responsible for leading cardiovascular development at Edgewise.
“We are thrilled to welcome Marc to the team and are eager to begin working together as we prepare to advance our novel cardiac program into clinical development,” said Kevin Koch, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “Marc’s cardiovascular drug development expertise will be invaluable as we advance our cardiac program towards an anticipated IND filing in the second half of 2023.”
“I’m very impressed with Edgewise’s precision medicine drug discovery platform and innovative scientific approach to treating severe and progressive muscle disorders,” said Dr. Semigran. “At Edgewise, we are developing the next generation of treatments that target the underlying mechanisms in patients with heart failure with severe unmet needs. I look forward to applying my experience as a heart failure clinician and investigator in cardiomyopathy drug development to help efficiently advance Edgewise’s cardiac therapeutic programs.”
During his tenure at MyoKardia, Dr. Semigran built and expanded his research and development team in order to execute successful translational and development programs including the advancement of mavacamten for patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Semigran oversaw the execution of Phase 1 and 2 studies, the design of registrational studies, interactions with global regulatory authorities, and also participated in the filing of the mavacamten New Drug Application following the acquisition of MyoKardia. In April 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Camzyos® (mavacamten) for the treatment of adults with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Prior to entering the biotechnology industry, Dr. Semigran led the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program as Section Head and Medical Director. In addition, he led the Harvard Regional Clinical Center of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Heart Failure Network and was a Principal Investigator of a multicenter heart failure trial sponsored by the NHLBI. Dr. Semigran was a member of the internal medicine and cardiology faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 30 years and was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Semigran has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers in cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation, and served as editor for a leading textbook on heart failure. He is a recipient of numerous National Institutes of Health and industry research awards and has served as principal or co-investigator in several major clinical trials across various therapeutic areas. In addition, he has served in scientific and medical advisory capacities to companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, and Bayer.
Dr. Semigran earned A.B., A.M., and M.D. degrees from Harvard University. He completed his internal medicine residency, cardiology, and heart failure fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital.
About Edgewise Therapeutics
Edgewise Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative treatments for severe, rare musculoskeletal and cardiac disorders for which there is significant unmet medical need. Guided by its holistic drug discovery approach to targeting the muscle as an organ, Edgewise has combined its foundational expertise in muscle biology and small molecule engineering to build its proprietary, muscle-focused drug discovery platform. Edgewise’s platform utilizes custom-built high throughput and translatable systems that measure integrated muscle function in whole organ extracts to identify small molecule precision medicines regulating key proteins in muscle tissue. The Company’s lead candidate, EDG-5506, an investigational orally administered small molecule myosin modulator designed to protect injury-susceptible fast skeletal muscle fibers in dystrophinopathies, is advancing in multiple clinical trials in individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Becker muscular dystrophy. To learn more, go to: www.edgewisetx.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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