Executive brings more than 30 years of global biopharmaceutical operations and program management experience
MIAMI, Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Longeveron Inc. (NASDAQ: LGVN), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing regenerative medicines for unmet medical needs, today announced it has named Jerome Bailey as the company’s new vice president of business operations. He joins the company from Checkmate Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Regeneron), where he served as senior director of program management. Mr. Bailey brings to the company more than 30 years of operational leadership and program management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, overseeing clinical trials from Phase 1 through Phase 4 across several therapeutic areas.
“As we continue to grow and evolve, building our pipeline of regenerative medicines, we are pleased to have someone of Jerome’s caliber and experience join our team,” said Chris Min, M.D., Ph.D., Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Longeveron. “Jerome’s broad experience in portfolio management and clinical operations across multiple therapeutic areas makes him an invaluable addition to our team as we advance our lead medicinal signaling cell therapy product, Lomecel-B™, through clinical trials in three indications.”
“I am excited to join the Longeveron team,” said Mr. Bailey. “The company is poised for a period of tremendous growth with Phase 2 trials in Alzheimer’s and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) underway, and the anticipated initiation of the Phase 2 Aging Frailty trial in Japan. I look forward to working with the exceptional team at Longeveron to continue to advance the company’s robust pipeline through upcoming clinical milestones.”
Prior to joining Longeveron, Mr. Bailey was the senior director of program management at Checkmate Pharmaceuticals where he led cross-functional project teams driving multiple oncology programs from candidate selection through clinical development. Before Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Parexel, where he led multiple global development programs across several therapeutic areas, including in oncology, hematology, pulmonary, and pediatric rare diseases. He also facilitated the product submission strategy across several major global markets for schizophrenia and hypertension. Prior to Parexel, Mr. Bailey held senior management roles at Applied Clinical Intelligence, Theorem Clinical Research, BDH Clinical Research, Covance, and Eli Lilly. Mr. Bailey began his career as a clinical researcher at Ayerst Laboratories, and later at Hoffman La Roche. Mr. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences from Rutgers University.
About Longeveron Inc.
Longeveron is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing regenerative medicines to address unmet medical needs. The Company’s lead investigational product is Lomecel-B™, an allogeneic medicinal signaling cell (MSC) therapy product isolated from the bone marrow of young, healthy adult donors. Lomecel-B™ has a multi-modal mechanism of action that is pro-vascular, pro-regenerative, and anti-inflammatory, promoting tissue repair and healing with broad potential applications across a spectrum of disease areas. Longeveron is advancing Lomecel-B™ through clinical trials in three indications: Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), Alzheimer’s Disease, and Aging Frailty. Additional information about the Company is available at www.longeveron.com.
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