Frank Neumann, M.D., Ph.D., to Depart Verastem Oncology
Frank Neumann, M.D., Ph.D., to Depart Verastem Oncology
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verastem, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSTM) (also known as Verastem Oncology), a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing new medicines for patients battling cancer, today announced the departure of the Company’s Chief Medical Officer, Frank Neumann, M.D., Ph.D., effective immediately. Dr. Neumann has left to accept a position at another Company.
“Our team is making significant advances in achieving the Company’s strategic goals, including maximizing the broad potential of our development programs. Dr. Neumann’s tenure was brief, and we expect his departure will have no impact on our continued progress,” said Brian Stuglik, Chief Executive Officer of Verastem Oncology. “In combination with our medical affairs and clinical teams as well as external partners, we remain focused on our work to solve unmet needs in RAS positive cancers.”
“Given my respect for the people and leadership at Verastem and the truly exciting data and strategy I have seen, this decision to leave is difficult and based solely on continuing my work in cell therapy,” said Frank Neumann, M.D., Ph.D. “I am confident that Verastem will continue to make a positive impact on patients’ lives.”
About Verastem Oncology
Verastem Oncology (Nasdaq: VSTM) is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of new medicines to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with cancer. Our pipeline is focused on novel small molecule drugs that inhibit critical signaling pathways in cancer that promote cancer cell survival and tumor growth, including RAF/MEK inhibition and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibition. For more information, please visit www.verastem.com.
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