TransCode Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Daniel Vlock, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

Medical oncologist brings over 25 years of industry experience to lead Clinical Development Strategy

BOSTON, March 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TransCode Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNAZ), the RNA oncology company committed to more effectively treating cancer using RNA therapeutics, announced today that Daniel Vlock, M.D., has been appointed as the company’s Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Vlock is a medical oncologist with over 25 years of industry experience and 15 years in academia, including renowned institutions Yale University, University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard University. Dr. Vlock has successfully supported start-up, emerging, and established companies with diverse product portfolios.  He has played key roles in managing pre-IND, phase I, II and III clinical trials, and post–approval studies for more than 40 oncology development programs. While at Pharmacia, Dr. Vlock ran the Celebrex Oncology program involving two pivotal clinical trials and over 3,500 patients.  His team was responsible for European approval of Celebrex for the treatment of familial adenomatous polyposis.  As CEO of Alopexx, Inc., Dr. Vlock was responsible for the development of drugs in oncology, infectious diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease and muscular dystrophy. His expertise spans important aspects of oncology development, including clinical trial design and strategy, interactions with regulatory agencies, and medical oversight of clinical trials.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Vlock in his new role as a senior member of the TransCode team,” said Tom Fitzgerald, CFO and Interim CEO of TransCode. “As a consultant, Dr. Vlock has provided his deep insights into our TTX-MC138 clinical development plan, including our planned Phase 1 clinical trial, and regulatory compliance. Dr. Vlock’s medical and clinical leadership will be invaluable in translating our groundbreaking science to build a robust clinical development program with TTX-MC138, our lead candidate, and our additional pipeline candidates.”

Dr. Vlock obtained his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Vlock initially will serve on a part-time basis through TransCode’s arrangement with BioBridges LLC, a life sciences consulting company.

About TransCode Therapeutics

TransCode is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on treating metastatic disease. The company is committed to defeating cancer through the intelligent design and effective delivery of RNA therapeutics based on its proprietary TTX nanoparticle platform. The company’s lead therapeutic candidate, TTX-MC138, is focused on treating metastatic tumors which overexpress microRNA-10b, a unique, well-documented biomarker of metastasis. In addition, TransCode is developing a portfolio of first-in-class RNA therapeutic candidates designed to overcome the challenges of RNA delivery and thus unlock therapeutic access to a variety of novel genetic targets that could be relevant to treating a variety of cancers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements concerning Dr. Daniel Vlock and statements concerning TransCode’s pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk associated with drug discovery and development; the risk that the results of our clinical trials will not be consistent with our pre-clinical studies or expectations or with preceding clinical trials; risks associated with the timing and outcome of TransCode’s planned regulatory submissions; risks associated with TransCode’s conduct of clinical trials; risks associated with obtaining, maintaining and protecting intellectual property; risks associated with TransCode’s ability to enforce its patents against infringers and defend its patent portfolio against challenges from third parties; risks of competition from other companies developing products for similar uses; risks associated with TransCode’s financial condition and its need to obtain additional funding to support its business activities, including TransCode’s ability to continue as a going concern; risks associated with TransCode’s dependence on third parties; and risks associated with geopolitical events and pandemics, including the COVID-19 coronavirus. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause TransCode’s actual results to differ from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in TransCode’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors in any subsequent TransCode filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release; TransCode undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

For more information, please contact:

TransCode Therapeutics, Inc.
Tania Montgomery-Hammon, Business Development

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