Sun. 14 Nov 2021, 6:39pm ETBenzinga
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Kazia Therapeutics Limited (NASDAQ:KZIA), an oncology-focused drug development company, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Friend, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Friend will be responsible for overseeing the development and commercialization of Kazia's pipeline drug candidates, and for collaborating with clinicians and scientists to advance the company's research programs. Dr. Friend is based in New Jersey in the United States. Kazia CEO, Dr. James Garner, commented, "We are delighted to welcome John to the Kazia team. With paxalisib moving rapidly towards potential commercialization, and EVT801 now in the clinic, this appointment is very timely. John is a highly experienced oncology and haematology drug developer who brings to Kazia a wealth of expertise, as well as a passion for improving the lives of patients with cancer." Dr. Friend gained his medical degree at Rutgers University (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson) and also holds a BA in chemistry from Southern Methodist University. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has worked across a wide range of therapeutic areas in roles spanning early clinical research through to medical affairs. Of note, he spent seven years with the US business unit of Helsinn Therapeutics, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company, leaving as Senior Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs. Prior to joining Kazia, he was Chief Medical Officer at Cellectar Biosciences, Inc (NASDAQ:CLRB), a clinical-stage, oncology-focused biotech company based in Florham Park, NJ. Dr. Friend commented, "I look forward to working with Kazia colleagues to drive the company's pipeline forward toward its full potential. Both paxalisib and EVT801 have enormous scope to address unmet needs in a number of different tumor types and I am pleased to be working with world-renowned cancer centers and their leading clinicians to develop these promising new therapies. I am delighted to join Kazia at such an exciting and pivotal time for the company."