GT Biopharma Inc. (OTCQB:OXIS and Euronext Paris OXI.PA) announced today that Executive Chairman, Anthony J. Cataldo and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kathleen Clarence-Smith will discuss the company’s promising oncology and central nervous system drugs during a presentation in September at the Rodman & Renshaw investor conference in New York.
GT Biopharma is in the process of completing the merger of Oxis International Inc. and Georgetown Translational Pharmaceuticals Inc. (GTP). The merger combines Oxis’ promising oncology drugs with GTP’s central nervous system drugs and GTP’s leadership team, which includes incoming CEO Dr. Clarence-Smith, an experienced pharmaceutical industry executive. The deal is expected to close before September 30.
More than 300 companies are expected to present at the conference from September 10 to September 12 at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
“We are excited that this will be the first time that Dr. Kathleen Clarence-Smith and I will speak publicly about our new company and our combined assets,” said Mr. Cataldo, who served many years as Chief Executive Officer of Oxis prior to the merger. “We look forward to sharing news about developments from both companies and the benefits that our combined company will create.”
Prior to founding GTP, Dr. Clarence-Smith co-founded Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation in Washington D.C. and served as Chairman of the company’s Board from 2008 to 2014. Chase Pharmaceuticals was acquired by Allergan, PLC (AGN) in 2016 in a deal that, with milestones, could reach $1 billion.
Dr. Clarence-Smith also held executive management positions with Sanofi, Roche, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Prestwick Scientific Capital. She is co-founder and a managing member of KM Pharmaceutical Consulting in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, GT Biopharma, Inc’s management team will be joined by a new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) formerly Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Oncology Clinical R&D of Pfizer, Inc. (PFE).
About GT Biopharma, Inc.: GT Biopharma, Inc (formerly known as Oxis International, Inc.) is an immuno-oncology focused company developing innovative drugs focused on the treatment of cancer and other unmet medical needs. Oxis’ lead drug candidate, OXS-1550 (DT2219ARL) is a novel bispecific scFv recombinant fusion protein-drug conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD19 and anti-CD22 antibodies and a modified form of diphtheria toxin as its cytotoxic drug payload. OXS-1550 targets cancer cells expressing the CD19 receptor or CD22 receptor or both receptors. When OXS-1550 binds to cancer cells, the cancer cells internalize the drug and are killed due to the action of drug’s cytotoxic payload. OXS-1550 has demonstrated success in early human clinical trials in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphoma or leukemia. OXS-3550 TriKE technology was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. As demonstrated in non-clinical models, this targeted immunotherapy directs immune cells to kill cancer cells while diminishing drug-related toxicity.
About GTP Inc.: GTP is a privately-owned biotechnology company focused on acquiring or discovering and patenting late-stage, de-risked, and close-to-market improved treatments for CNS disease (Neurology and Pain) and shepherding the products through the FDA approval process to the NDA. GTP products currently include treatment for neuropathic pain, refractory epilepsies, the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, and motion sickness.
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