Healthcare Industry News: androgen deprivation
News Release - May 6, 2008
GTx Appoints Kenneth S. Robinson, MD to the Board of DirectorsMEMPHIS, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--GTx, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTXI ) today announced that Kenneth S. Robinson, MD, MDiv, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Dr. Robinson will serve as a member of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
“Dr. Robinson brings to GTx leadership in public health policy, and we welcome him to the board of directors,” said Dr. Mitchell S. Steiner, CEO of GTx.
Dr. Robinson holds a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, a M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. From 2003 through 2007, he served in the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen as Commissioner of Health, overseeing 3,500 state employees and a $548 million budget. From 1982 through 1991, Dr. Robinson taught and practiced internal medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and from 1991 through 2003 he was an Assistant Dean at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Since 1991, he has served as Pastor and Chief Executive of St. Andrew AME Church. In 1998 Dr. Robinson was named one of the country’s Ten Community Health Leaders by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in 2000 he received the Community Builder Award from the national United Way of America. He also carries an Honorary Doctorate from Meharry Medical College. He is an alumnus of Leadership Memphis, a Fellow of the Leadership Academy, and serves as a director or trustee of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the Soulsville Foundation, the Briggs Foundation, the Church Health Center, Healthy Memphis Common Table, and LeMoyne-Owen College.
GTx, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules that selectively target hormone pathways to treat cancer, osteoporosis and bone loss, muscle wasting and other serious medical conditions. GTx is developing ACAPODENE® (toremifene citrate), a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM, in two separate clinical programs in men: first, a pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene citrate 80 mg for the treatment of serious side effects of androgen deprivation therapy for advanced prostate cancer, and second, a pivotal Phase III clinical trial evaluating toremifene citrate 20 mg for the prevention of prostate cancer in high risk men with high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or PIN. In 2006, GTx and Ipsen Group entered into a development and collaboration agreement for toremifene citrate in all indications except breast cancer for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). GTx will file for marketing approval and, if approved, plans to commercialize toremifene citrate 80 mg in the United States. GTx formed a strategic collaboration with Merck & Co., Inc. for the development and global commercialization of selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, a new class of drugs with the potential to treat a variety of indications associated with muscle wasting and bone loss, including frailty or sarcopenia, muscle wasting associated with chronic diseases, osteoporosis, and cancer cachexia. GTx also is developing its preclinical compounds, GTx-758, an oral LH inhibitor for advanced prostate cancer, and GTx-878, an estrogen receptor beta agonist for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and chronic prostatitis.
Forward-Looking Information is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty
This press release contains forward-looking statements based upon GTx’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. GTx’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the risks that (i) GTx and its collaboration partners will not be able to commercialize their product candidates if clinical trials do not demonstrate safety and efficacy in humans; (ii) GTx may not able to obtain required regulatory approvals to commercialize product candidates; (iii) clinical trials being conducted by GTx and its collaboration partners may not be completed on schedule, or at all, or may otherwise be suspended or terminated; and (iv) GTx could utilize its available cash resources sooner than it currently expects and may be unable to raise capital when needed, which would force GTx to delay, reduce or eliminate its product development programs or commercialization efforts. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. GTx’s annual report on Form 10-K filed March 11, 2008 contains under the heading, “Risk Factors,” a more comprehensive description of these and other risks to which GTx is subject. GTx expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
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