AzurRx BioPharma (NASDAQ: AZRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for gastrointestinal diseases using recombinant proteins, has announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (“SAB”) designed to provide the company with invaluable expertise and insights. The company also announced that three leading global experts in exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (“EPI”) in patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis have been appointed to the board: Michael Konstan, MD; Darwin L. Conwell, MD; and Michael Wilschanski, MD. Konstan is vice dean for translational research and the Gertrude Lee Chandler Tucker Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; he is also the Austin Ricci chair in pediatric pulmonary care and research at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Konstan has spent his entire professional career in the care and research of people with cystic fibrosis (“CF”). Conwell is a gastroenterology physician-scientist specializing in pancreas disorders and is a professor of medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he serves as director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. He is an NIH-funded physician-scientist with over 200 peer reviewed publications. The leader of numerous national and international studies of potentially new therapies in CF, Wilschanski is director of pediatric gastroenterology at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. In addition, he also serves as the director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory in Hadassah where he performs in vivo and in vitro measurements of electrolyte transport, which is used diagnostically and therapeutically in CF. “We are thrilled to have this distinguished group of scientific leaders helping to guide our research and clinical development efforts as we advance our MS1819 program for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency associated with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis patients,” said AzurRx CEO James Sapirstein in the press release.
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About AzurRx BioPharma Inc.
AzurRx BioPharma is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of nonsystemic biologics for gastrointestinal disorders. The company is focused on the development of its lead drug candidate, MS1819. AzurRx is currently conducting two Phase 2 clinical trials of MS1819: the OPTION 2 monotherapy trial, and the Combination therapy trial, consisting of MS1819 in conjunction with porcine-derived pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, the current standard of care. The company is headquartered in New York, NY, with scientific operations based in Langlade, France, and clinical operations in Hayward, California. For more information about the company, visit www.AzurRx.com.
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