– Seasoned Psychiatrist and Global Pharmaceutical R&D Executive with Over Two Decades of Experience in Clinical Development, Including at Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
TORONTO, April 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reunion Neuroscience Inc. (NASDAQ: REUN, TSX: REUN) (“Reunion” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative and patented therapeutic solutions for underserved mental health conditions, announced today that it has appointed psychiatrist Fred Grossman, D.O., FAPA, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Grossman has over two decades of experience in clinical development and medical affairs, pharmacovigilance and health outcomes across a variety of products, including biologics and small molecules.
“From Fortune 500s to early-stage pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Grossman has demonstrated the distinct ability to manage the entire drug lifecycle, including approval of numerous psychiatric medications — from initial research and discovery to preclinical IND enabling studies, early- and late-phase clinical development and postmarketing evidence generation,” said Greg Mayes, Reunion President and CEO. “As we continue to progress RE104 through the clinic, his expertise on our Board will be instrumental in rapidly advancing novel treatment options for underserved mental health conditions.”
Dr. Grossman previously served as the Chief Medical Officer at Empyrean Neuroscience, Mesoblast Limited and NeuroRx Pharma and has held senior executive leadership positions at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly.
“Reunion is developing proprietary novel drug candidates designed to target specific serotonergic receptors in the brain for the potential treatment of serious mental health conditions,” added Dr. Grossman. “I see great potential in these assets and look forward to working with the Board to support the executive team as they advance the pipeline products into the clinic towards eventual approval.”
Dr. Grossman is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has authored numerous scientific publications and has held academic appointments at several universities. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Hahnemann University and a pharmacology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
About Reunion Neuroscience Inc.
Reunion is committed to developing innovative therapeutic solutions for underserved mental health conditions. The Company’s lead asset, RE104, a proprietary, novel, serotonergic psychedelic compound and the only 4-OH-DiPT prodrug in clinical development, is being developed as a potential treatment for postpartum depression that could provide rapid symptom relief and durable efficacy. RE104 is protected under U.S. Patent No. 11,292,765 issued on April 5, 2022 (priority June 30, 2020), with claims for composition of matter, methods of manufacturing, formulations and methods of use for a genus of hemi-ester tryptamines, including RE104, which could provide protection out to June 30, 2041. Reunion is also developing the RE200 series, which includes preclinical compounds with enhanced receptor selectivity to address additional therapeutic applications.
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