-Chen Schor Named Chief Operating Officer;
Marc Schneebaum Named Chief Financial Officer-
“Adding Chen and Marc to the management team brings depth to our bench
and extensive, relevant experience to help support and advance our
strategy going into a critical period in Synta’s evolution as a
“Ganetespib and the HDC platform hold transformative potential for patients in multiple oncology indications,” stated Mr. Schor. “I look forward to working with Anne and the management team toward ensuring that the Company has both the near- and long-term strategy and operational capabilities in place to realize this potential.”
Mr. Schor brings to Synta extensive experience in the biotechnology,
medical device and private equity sectors. Mr. Schor served as Vice
President, Global Branded Products Business Development at
“Synta has effectively employed a strategy of focusing its resources on ganetespib in the GALAXY lung cancer program, while leveraging broad investigator support for this promising drug candidate to cost-effectively expand its development efforts into a wide variety of additional indications,” stated Mr. Schneebaum. “In this new role, I look forward to working with the team at Synta to maintain and extend this prudent use of capital, while we develop and execute a long-term financial strategy for the Company.”
Mr. Schneebaum brings over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology
and healthcare sector to Synta. Most recently, he has served as a
consultant in the healthcare industry. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Schneebaum
served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of
Ganetespib, an investigational drug candidate, is a selective inhibitor of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90), a molecular chaperone which controls the folding and activation of a number of client proteins that drive tumor development and progression. Many solid and hematologic tumors are dependent on Hsp90 client proteins including proteins involved in “oncogene addiction” (ALK, HER2, mutant BRAF and EGFR, androgen receptor, estrogen receptor, and JAK2); proteins involved in resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy (ATR, BCL2, BRCA1/2, CDK1/4, CHK1, survivin, and WEE1); proteins involved in angiogenesis (HIF-1alpha, VEGFR, PDFGR, and VEGF); and proteins involved in metastasis (MET, RAF, AKT, MMPs, HIF-1alpha, and IGF-1R). In preclinical models, inhibition of Hsp90 by ganetespib results in the inactivation, destabilization, and eventual degradation of these cancer-promoting proteins. Ganetespib is being evaluated in trials in lung cancer, breast cancer, and other tumor types. The most common adverse event seen to date has been transient, mild or moderate diarrhea, which has been manageable with standard supportive care. Information on these trials can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov. Ganetespib has received Fast Track designation from FDA for second-line treatment of non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma in combination with docetaxel.
About Hsp90 inhibitor Drug Conjugates (HDC)
HDCs are small-molecule drugs consisting of an Hsp90 inhibitor (targeting moiety) joined to an anti-cancer agent (payload) via a cleavable chemical linker optimized for controlled release of payload drug inside cancer cells. They exploit the preferential retention of Hsp90 inhibitors in tumors to selectively deliver anti-cancer payloads. HDCs represent a promising new therapeutic class with the potential to enhance the safety and efficacy of a wide range of small molecule anti-cancer drugs.
Synta has established proof of concept for HDC lead candidates in preclinical studies and has developed HDCs using a range of Hsp90 inhibitor moieties, cleavable linkers, and over 40 anti-cancer payloads. The latter include cytotoxic chemotherapeutics, kinase inhibitors, hormone therapies, immunomodulators, and epigenetic modifiers, creating the potential for next-generation compounds in each of these categories. Synta has filed worldwide patent applications that include comprehensive claims covering the HDC platform, compositions of matter, methods for identifying therapeutically effective compounds, and methods of use of such compounds against a wide range of diseases and conditions.
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing small molecule drugs to extend and enhance the lives of patients with severe medical conditions, including cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases. Synta has a unique chemical compound library, an integrated discovery engine, and a diverse pipeline of clinical- and preclinical-stage drug candidates with distinct mechanisms of action and novel chemical structures. All Synta drug candidates were invented by Synta scientists using its compound library and discovery capabilities. For more information, please visit www.syntapharma.com.
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