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MEI Pharma Appoints Cheryl Cohen, Product Launch and Commercialization Veteran, to its Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- MEI Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEIP), a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on advancing potential new therapies for cancer, today announced the appointment of Cheryl L. Cohen to its board of directors.

"MEI has done a wonderful job building and advancing its oncology pipeline, and I am excited to be joining the team at a time where I can utilize my breath of commercial expertise to help support MEI's first product potential launch," said Cheryl L. Cohen. "I think there's significant opportunity for MEI to improve the lives of patients with cancer and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to advance MEI's business and support its ongoing success."

"We welcome Cheryl to the board and look forward to accessing her deep industry expertise, in particular her launch and commercialization experience," said Christine A. White., M.D., chairman of the board, MEI Pharma. "With ME-401 advancing as a new potential option for patients with B-cell malignancies, and the recently announced global agreement with Kyowa Kirin, the timing of her joining could not be better."

Ms. Cohen is a highly experienced executive and consultant with more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, with a focus on sales and commercialization. Ms. Cohen is the founder and president of CLC Consulting, LLC, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting firm specializing in new product start-up and commercialization. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Cohen was the chief commercial officer of Medivation, Inc., and led the company's commercialization organization and launch of Xtandi®. From 2007 to 2008, she served as the vice president, strategic commercial group, of Health Care Systems, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, and from 1998 to 2007, she worked at Centocor, Inc., also a Johnson & Johnson company. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cohen worked at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in different roles of escalating responsibility related to pharmaceutical sales.

Ms. Cohen currently serves on the board of directors of three other public companies: Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Novus Therapeutics and NantKwest. She received her B.A. from Saint Joseph College. 

About MEI Pharma
MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) is a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing potential new therapies for cancer. Our portfolio of drug candidates contains four clinical-stage assets, including one candidate in an ongoing global registration trial and another candidate in a Phase 2 clinical trial which may support an accelerated approval marketing application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Each of our pipeline candidates leverages a different mechanism of action with the objective of developing therapeutic options that are: (1) differentiated, (2) address unmet medical needs and (3) deliver improved benefit to patients either as standalone treatments or in combination with other therapeutic options. For more information, please visit www.meipharma.com.

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