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KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KALV), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors, announced today the appointment of Paul K. Audhya, MD, MBA, as Chief Medical Officer.
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KalVista CMO Paul Audhya (Photo: Business Wire)
"As we advance our oral hereditary angioedema franchise in the clinic, KalVista will be strategically growing by adding individuals with deep experience in late-stage drug development and global commercialization," said Andrew Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of KalVista. "Paul is joining at the perfect time to apply his expertise in global medical affairs, drug development and international product launches as we evolve into a commercial stage organization."
"The move to efficacious and safe oral treatments represents a critical advancement for HAE patients around the world, and the data KalVista has shown makes them unique as the only Company developing multiple oral drugs for attack management," said Paul Audhya. "I couldn’t be more pleased to join KalVista at this important time in the development of these therapies."
Dr. Audhya has over 20 years of clinical development and global medical affairs leadership experience across a range of therapeutic areas and disciplines, including rare disease. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he established and provided oversight for all medical affairs functions including Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Global Patient Advocacy. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Global Strategy and Phase 4, Global Medical Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led global launch and lifecycle management planning and implementation for the cystic fibrosis portfolio. Before Vertex, Dr. Audhya was Vice President, Medical Affairs at Hospira Inc. (acquired by Pfizer) where he introduced transformational strategies for biosimilars globally and led the successful launch of the first monoclonal biosimilar in the EU. In the years prior to Hospira, Dr. Audhya held positions of increasing responsibility across all stages of drug development at Reata Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Janssen. Dr. Audhya received a BA and MD from New York University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
About KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors for diseases with significant unmet need. KalVista has developed a proprietary portfolio of novel, small molecule plasma kallikrein inhibitors initially targeting hereditary angioedema (HAE) and diabetic macular edema (DME). KalVista is developing KVD900 as an oral on-demand therapy for acute HAE attacks, which completed a Phase 2 efficacy trial in February 2021, demonstrating statistical and clinical significance across all endpoints. KVD824 is in development for prophylactic treatment of HAE. In addition, KalVista’s oral Factor XIIa inhibitor program represents a new generation of therapies that may further improve the treatment of HAE for patients. In DME, an intravitreally administered plasma kallikrein inhibitor, called KVD001, has completed a Phase 2 clinical trial.
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