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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verve Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: VERV), a biotech company pioneering a new approach to the care of cardiovascular disease with single-course gene editing medicines, today announced that Allison Dorval has been appointed as chief financial officer. Ms. Dorval joins Verve from Voyager Therapeutics and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting, financial reporting and investor relations.
“Allison joins Verve at an exciting stage of our company’s evolution, on the heels of a successful IPO earlier this year and recent preclinical data updates from our lead programs targeting PCSK9 and ANGPTL3 as base editing therapies for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease indications,” said Sekar Kathiresan, M.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Verve. “Her extensive experience leading finance functions within prominent biotech organizations will be invaluable as we move forward with important corporate and program milestones in 2022, including planned regulatory engagements and the start of our first clinical trial with VERVE-101. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
“Verve has an opportunity to truly transform the way cardiovascular disease is treated with single-course gene editing treatments, and I’m excited to join this important mission,” said Ms. Dorval. “The impressive data generated to date from Verve’s lead programs are building the foundation to support the transition to a clinical-stage organization, and I look forward to partnering with this exceptional team to guide the company through this next phase and closer to the many patients we have the opportunity to help.”
Ms. Dorval joins Verve from Voyager Therapeutics, bringing an extensive track record of leading finance and accounting functions within the healthcare industry. Prior to Voyager, Ms. Dorval served at Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Insulet Corporation, where she led financial planning, reporting and accounting. Previously, Ms. Dorval held corporate finance positions with iBasis, Inc. and Digitas Inc. Ms. Dorval is a certified public accountant and began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where she held positions of increasing responsibility and scope. She currently serves on the Boards of Aerovate Therapeutics and Puma Biotechnology. Ms. Dorval obtained a B.S. in business administration from the University of Vermont.
About Verve Therapeutics
Verve Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERV) is a genetic medicines company pioneering a new approach to the care of cardiovascular disease, transforming treatment from chronic management to single-course gene editing medicines. The company’s initial two programs target PCSK9 and ANGPTL3, genes that have been extensively validated as targets for lowering blood lipids such as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), a root cause of cardiovascular disease. Verve’s lead product candidate, VERVE-101, is designed to permanently turn off the PCSK9 gene in the liver in order to disrupt blood PCSK9 protein production and thereby durably reduce blood LDL-C levels, with the goal of reducing a patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease. VERVE-101, currently in IND-enabling studies, is being developed initially for the treatment of patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, a potentially fatal genetic heart disease. For more information, please visit www.VerveTx.com.
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