NEW YORK, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Landos Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: LABP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral medicines for patients with autoimmune diseases, today announced the appointment of Fabio Cataldi, MD, as the Company’s Chief Medical Officer, effective September 5, 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome Fabio to Landos, and look forward to benefitting from his extensive clinical and drug development experience as we finalize our portfolio review and execute a focused plan to pursue what we believe are the Company’s most promising molecules and target indications,” said Greg Oakes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Landos. “Fabio’s clinical and research expertise in gastroenterology and immunology, particularly in ulcerative colitis (UC), will be integral as we look to advance NX-13 following our recent announcement of positive top-line results from our Phase 1b trial in UC patients.”
Dr. Cataldi joins Landos with more than twenty years of successful experience in the development and commercialization of innovative therapies. He brings deep clinical, medical and scientific knowledge and expertise in immunology and gastroenterology, having served in senior research and development roles at Arena Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie, Shire, Pfizer, Biogen and Novartis. Most recently, Dr. Cataldi served as Arena’s Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head Gastroenterology, where he helped lead the development of etrasimod, until its sale to Pfizer for nearly $7 billion.
“Fabio’s appointment as Chief Medical Officer is an important step as we look to continue selectively growing our leadership team with the talent and expertise that we need to successfully advance our pipeline. We are in the final stages of reviewing our clinical development plans, and are planning to provide a comprehensive update later this year,” continued Mr. Oakes.
“I am excited to join Landos at such a pivotal time for the Company,” said Dr. Cataldi. “Having spent the majority of my career focused on immunology and gastroenterology drug development, I am looking forward to leveraging my background and experience as I work with Greg and the leadership team to build on Landos’ strong clinical foundation and deliver on its mission of addressing the therapeutic gap for patients with autoimmune diseases.”
About Fabio Cataldi, MD
Dr. Cataldi has over twenty years of diverse and extensive experience in medicine and drug development in the United States and Italy. He most recently served as Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head of Gastroenterology at Arena Pharmaceuticals, where he led the development of etrasimod in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other gastrointestinal (GI) indications and expanded the immunology portfolio. Prior to joining Arena Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Cataldi served as Team Lead of Gastroenterology and Immunology in Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development at AbbVie. Previously, Dr. Cataldi worked at Shire as Vice President of Clinical Development in Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology, where he led the expansion of the IBD portfolio with the out licensing of the anti-MAdCAM antibody from Pfizer. Before Shire, Dr. Cataldi served as Pfizer’s Senior Director of Gastroenterology Biotherapeutics Clinical Programs in Worldwide R&D, where he led the expansion of the Immunology and GI portfolio with assets targeting multiple diseases beyond IBD, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and dermatology conditions. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cataldi held roles at: Biogen Idec, where he oversaw the approval and launch of Tysabri in Crohn’s Disease; Novartis, where he supported the launch of Zelnorm for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation; Solvay Pharmaceuticals, where he helped with the New Drug Admission process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Creon; and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Dr. Cataldi holds an MD from the Second University of Naples (SUN) in Medicine and Surgery.
About Landos Biopharma
Landos Biopharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oral therapeutics for patients with autoimmune diseases. We believe we were the first to identify and target LANCL2, NLRX1 and PLXDC2, which are immunometabolic pathways or targets. We have identified seven novel immunometabolic pathways or targets based on predictions of immunometabolic function using a proprietary advanced artificial intelligence-based integrated computational and experimental precision medicine platform. Our near-term focus is on our clinical-stage programs including omilancor for the treatment of UC, NX-13 for the treatment of UC, and LABP-104 for the potential treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
For more information, please visit www.landosbiopharma.com.
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