180 Life Sciences Corp. Names Quan A. Vu Chief Operating Officer/Chief Business Officer
Highly Accomplished Strategy, Corporate/Business Development, Finance and Operations Executive With 20 Years of Biopharma Experience
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 180 Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNF) (“180 Life Sciences” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel drugs that fulfill unmet needs in inflammatory diseases, fibrosis and pain, today announced the appointment of Quan A. Vu to the role of Chief Operating Officer/Chief Business Officer.
Mr. Vu is a highly versatile and accomplished strategy, corporate/business development, finance and operations executive with 20 years of “hands-on” biopharma experience. He is known as a consummate dealmaker with a demonstrated history of prospecting, evaluating, structuring and closing transactions that augment both organizational and shareholder value, as well as a persuasive negotiator who orchestrates domestic and international win-win solutions that integrate a diversity of views, expectations and goals.
Dr. James Woody, 180 Life Sciences CEO commented, “I’m excited to welcome Quan to our management team. With his sound understanding of pipeline development, commercial assessment and go-to-market strategies, I believe he will add meaningful value to our efforts to bring novel drugs that fulfill unmet needs to market. Importantly, he has a very defined track record of success in both in-licensing, out-licensing, co-development and mergers and acquisitions.”
Select licensing accomplishments include:
Aegis Therapeutics (acquired by Neurelis): renegotiated the in-licensing agreement for Intravail, an excipient with absorption enhancement properties, for use with Opiant’s clinical pipeline products; saved 25% in value
Sanofi: in-licensed a cannabinoid receptor antagonist with P2 data and IP portfolio for a favorable 80/20 economic split
DURECT: $2M upfront with $61M in potential milestones for worldwide rights to Eladur, indicated for post-herpetic neuralgia
Array BioPharma: $60M upfront with $660M of additional milestones and royalties for ARRY-403, a P1 small-molecule glucokinase activator program for Type 2 diabetes
Myostatin Portfolio: $250M of potential milestones and royalties for out-licensing of 6 myostatin assets to form Atara Biotherapeutics, a $1.5B market cap company
Prior to joining 180 Life Sciences, Mr. Vu served as a CBO/CFO consultant for LS Associates, a member company of LifeSci Partners, as well as a Managing Director and Co-Head of Healthcare IT at Solganick & Co., a boutique technology investment bank providing M&A advisory. He also served as CEO of Baleena Bioscience, a consolidator of several healthspan biotechnology/medical device assets with the express purpose of going public via a SPAC. Before the above roles, he held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at several companies, namely as a Vice President at Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Staff Vice President at Anthem, Director at Impax Laboratories and Senior Manager at Amgen. He began his career in financial and economic consulting at LECG and in healthcare corporate finance and M&A at bulge-bracket investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Economics from UCLA in 2000.
About 180 Life Sciences Corp.
180 Life Sciences Corp. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel drugs that fulfill unmet needs in inflammatory diseases, fibrosis and pain by leveraging the combined expertise of luminaries in therapeutics from Oxford University, the Hebrew University and Stanford University. 180 Life Sciences is leading the research into solving one of the world’s biggest drivers of disease – inflammation. The Company is driving groundbreaking studies into clinical programs, which are seeking to develop novel drugs addressing separate areas of inflammation for which there are no effective therapies. The Company’s primary platform is a novel program to treat fibrosis using anti-TNF (tumor necrosis factor).
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