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Daix (France), November 5, 2020 – Inventiva (Euronext Paris and Nasdaq: IVA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and other diseases with significant unmet medical need, today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Cooreman, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). He joins Inventiva’s Executive Committee and succeeds Dr. Marie-Paule Richard, M.D., who has decided to take her retirement as of December 17, 2020.
Dr. Michael Cooreman will oversee the Company’s medical and clinical activities and lead its medical development team, in particular with a view to the planned pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating Inventiva’s lead drug candidate lanifibranor for the treatment of NASH. Joining Dr. David Nikodem, Ph.D., Vice President of U.S. Operations, he will drive the establishment of Inventiva’s clinical team in the U.S. and manage the Company’s relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOL).
Dr. Cooreman joins Inventiva from Ferring Pharmaceuticals where he has been Vice President, Science and Medicine, in charge of Global Research and Development, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, since 2017. He will bring to Inventiva his extensive experience in translational medicine, clinical pharmacology and clinical product development, especially in the areas of liver diseases, including NASH, cirrhosis and viral hepatitis, metabolic and immune-mediated diseases and oncology. Over his career, Dr. Cooreman has worked for several companies in the United States of America (US) and been involved in numerous clinical trials. He has successfully led clinical and project teams developing a variety of investigational compounds, including small molecules and biologics, several of which have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other health authorities. His strong industry knowledge, established network and international profile, together with his deep expertise as an academic internist and gastroenterologist-hepatologist, will be important assets for Inventiva’s future development.
Dr. Cooreman’s arrival will facilitate a smooth transition with Dr. Marie-Paule Richard ahead of the Company’s next key milestones, including NASH-related meetings with the FDA and the EMA, planned for the fourth quarter of 2020, as well as the initiation of the pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor in patients with NASH, planned for the first half of 2021.
Frédéric Cren, Chairman, CEO and cofounder of Inventiva, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Michael in the role of CMO at this exciting stage of Inventiva’s development. His experience as both health practitioner and senior executive in leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies will be key to the deployment of our strategy going forward. As such, he will play a crucial role in the development of Inventiva in the US, especially with regards to the upcoming planned Phase III clinical trial of lanifibranor in NASH. I would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank Marie-Paule for her dedication, remarkable contribution and professionalism over the last two years and I wish her all the best in the future.”
Biography – Dr. Michael Cooreman, M.D.
Prior to joining Inventiva, Dr. Michael Cooreman has been Vice President, Science and Medicine, in charge of Global Research and Development, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in the U.S. since 2017. He previously held numerous U.S.-based positions as CMO and Executive Director in global roles at leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Mitsubishi Tanabe, ImmusanT and Novartis, covering the four major regulatory regions U.S., EU, Japan and China. Over the years, Dr. Cooreman has developed a strong expertise in translational medicine, clinical pharmacology and clinical product development.
Of dual US and Belgian citizenship, Dr. Cooreman is trained as an internist and gastroenterologist-hepatologist, with a special interest in metabolic and immune-mediated liver and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as viral hepatitis, cirrhosis and oncology.
He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and a doctorate from the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Inventiva is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of NASH, MPS and other diseases with significant unmet medical need.
Leveraging its expertise and experience in the domain of compounds targeting nuclear receptors, transcription factors and epigenetic modulation, Inventiva is currently advancing two clinical candidates, as well as a deep pipeline of earlier stage programs.
Lanifibranor, its lead product candidate, is being developed for the treatment of patients with NASH, a common and progressive chronic liver disease for which there are currently no approved therapies. Inventiva recently announced positive topline data from its Phase IIb clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor for the treatment of patients with NASH.
Inventiva is also developing odiparcil, a second clinical stage asset, for the treatment of patients with subtypes of MPS, a group of rare genetic disorders. A Phase I/II clinical trial in children with MPS VI is currently under preparation following the release of positive results of the Phase IIa clinical trial in adult MPS VI patients at the end of 2019.
In parallel, Inventiva is in the process of selecting an oncology development candidate for its Hippo signalling pathway program. Furthermore, the Company has established a strategic collaboration with AbbVie in the area of autoimmune diseases. AbbVie has started the clinical development of ABBV‑157, a drug candidate for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis resulting from its collaboration with Inventiva. This collaboration enables Inventiva to receive milestone payments upon the achievement of pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones, in addition to royalties on any approved products resulting from the collaboration.
The Company has a scientific team of approximately 70 people with deep expertise in the fields of biology, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology, as well as in clinical development. It also owns an extensive library of approximately 240,000 pharmacologically relevant molecules, approximately 60% of which are proprietary, as well as a wholly‑owned research and development facility.
Inventiva is a public company listed on compartment C of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (ticker: IVA - ISIN: FR0013233012) and on the Nasdaq Global Market in the United States (ticker: IVA). www.inventivapharma.com
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