HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aravive, Inc. (ARAV), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced that the company has promoted Gail McIntyre, PhD, DABT to chief scientific officer.
“Aravive continues to work towards its goal of bringing innovative therapies to patients in need, and I am thrilled to further strengthen our executive team with the promotion of Gail to chief scientific officer,” said Jay Shepard, president and chief executive officer. “As a board-certified toxicologist, Gail brings extensive experience in preclinical development and has guided multiple therapies from discovery through approval. We are excited to continue leveraging her skills in this expanded role.”
Gail McIntyre, PhD, DABT has over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, having focused much of her time moving compounds through lead optimization and preclinical development and onto the market. Dr. McIntyre has worked closely with Aravive since August 2016, most recently serving as company’s senior vice president of research and development. Previously, Dr. McIntyre served as a principal at IntelliDev Consulting and as vice president of development for Meryx. Prior to that, Dr. McIntyre was senior vice president of research at Furiex Pharmaceuticals. Dr. McIntyre has authored more than 30 regulatory submissions with her experience covering multiple therapeutic areas and modalities. Dr. McIntyre is board certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She received her BA in Biology from Merrimack College and earned MS and PhD degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Aravive, Inc. (ARAV) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative therapies that target important survival pathways for cancer. Aravive’s lead candidate, AVB-S6-500, is a novel, high-affinity, soluble Fc-fusion protein designed to block the activation of the GAS6-AXL signaling pathway by intercepting the binding of GAS6 to its receptor AXL. AXL receptor signaling plays an important role in multiple types of malignancies by promoting metastasis, cancer cell survival, resistance to treatments, and immune suppression. Aravive has initiated the phase 1b portion of a phase 1b/2 clinical trial of AVB-S6-500 combined with standard of care therapies in patients with platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer, and intends to expand development into additional oncology and fibrotic indications. For more information, please visit www.aravive.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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