Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands, September 5, 2017 – Kiadis Pharma N.V. (“Kiadis Pharma” or the “Company”) (Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels: KDS), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products to make bone marrow transplantations safer and more effective for patients suffering from blood cancers and inherited blood disorders, today announces the appointment of Dr. Karl Hård as Head of Investor Relations and Communications.
Karl has spent almost 20 years at AstraZeneca PLC based in Sweden and the UK. Over a period of 10 years, he held senior roles within Investor Relations, latterly as head of IR. Prior to that, he worked as Global Program Director, establishing new external collaborations, and as Director in Biological Chemistry, leading research into novel pharmacological targets. Karl’s scientific experience covers numerous fields, including oncology and immunology, as evidenced by over 40 published scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals.
In the 1990s Karl was Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Leiden University, The Netherlands, and he holds a PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Arthur Lahr, CEO of Kiadis Pharma, commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Karl Hård to Kiadis Pharma as Head of Investor Relations and Communications. Karl is a highly regarded IR professional with excellent relationships within the international investment community. His experience will be invaluable as we continue to further prepare the Company for the potential European commercial launch in 2019 of our wholly-owned product ATIR101™.”
Karl Hård added: “It is an exciting time to be working within the cellular immunotherapy field and I am particularly enthused by the potential of ATIR101™ to help patients. I am looking forward to working with the highly experienced management team to further increase visibility of the unique opportunity that Kiadis Pharma offers to investors.’’
About Kiadis Pharma
Kiadis Pharma is focused on cell-based immunotherapy products, as an adjunctive to a haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), for the treatment of blood cancers and inherited blood disorders. The Company’s product candidates have the potential to make allogeneic HSCT safer and more effective for patients.
Based on the positive results from the single dose Phase II trial with lead product ATIR101™ in patients with blood cancer, the Company submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in April 2017, for approval of ATIR101™ across the European Union as an adjunctive treatment in HSCT for malignant disease. In addition, Kiadis Pharma has received regulatory approval in various countries to start dosing patients in a Phase III trial with ATIR101™ that will be performed across Europe and North America. ATIR101™ has been granted Orphan Drug Designations both in the US and Europe.
The Company’s second product candidate, ATIR201™, will address beta thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.
Kiadis Pharma was granted an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) certificate for manufacturing quality and non-clinical data by the EMA.
The Company’s shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels.
Company website: www.kiadis.com
For more information, please contact:
Head of IR & Communications
Tel. +31 611 096 298
Consilium Strategic Communications:
Mary-Jane Elliott, Philippa Gardner, Lindsey Neville, Hendrik Thys
Tel: +44 203 709 5708
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