Protagonist Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Asif Ali as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
NEWARK, Calif., March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTGX) today announced the appointment of Asif Ali as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, Asif's responsibilities will extend across all finance-related functions within the Company, including financial planning and analysis, taxation, accounting and financial reporting, finance operations, investor relations, and strategic partnership-related financings.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Asif to Protagonist as our new CFO," said Dinesh V. Patel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Protagonist. "His track record of success includes leadership and execution of the complex financial aspects of product commercialization, strategic partnerships, and long-term business strategy. His deep industry expertise, combined with his leadership skill and strength of character, make Asif an excellent addition to our executive team. I look forward to working closely with him in fulfilling and further expanding the promise of our clinical product pipeline in support of patients."
Asif will join Protagonist in mid-April. He comes to Protagonist from Theravance Biopharma, where he served as Chief Accounting Officer. At Theravance, Asif's scope of oversight and contributions included equity and asset-backed financings, strategic collaborations, finance operations, and international tax planning. Asif's prior work as Vice President and Controller at Depomed, Inc. included support of five product launches, four successful product acquisitions, and a significant financing from the sale of future royalties.
"Protagonist is poised for substantial growth as it continues to advance its robust pipeline of drug candidates," Asif stated. "As someone who has had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions with a number of strong companies, I am especially excited about Protagonist's future potential to deliver value to patients and other stakeholders. I'm thrilled to join this seasoned executive team on the journey ahead."
Protagonist's pipeline includes rusfertide, an investigational, injectable hepcidin mimetic currently in the REVIVE Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial for polycythemia vera (PV), the PACIFIC Phase 2 study in PV subjects with high hematocrit levels, and a recently completed Phase 2a study for hereditary hemochromatosis. The Company has opened sites and initiated patient screening for VERIFY, a single, global Phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a once weekly, subcutaneously self-administered dose of rusfertide.
The Company is also evaluating an orally delivered, gut-restricted alpha-4-beta-7 integrin specific antagonist peptide (PN-943), currently in the IDEAL Phase 2 study in adults with moderate to severe active ulcerative colitis. The Company is targeting ulcerative colitis as the initial indication. Data readout from the Phase 2 study is expected in the second quarter of 2022.
Protagonist has granted Janssen an exclusive worldwide license to research, develop and commercialize oral IL-23 receptor antagonists based on the Company's intellectual property. Current development efforts are centered on PN-235, discovered by Protagonist and further developed in collaboration with Janssen. FRONTIER 1, a Phase 2b multicenter, randomized, placebo controlled, dose-ranging study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of PN-235 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, commenced in early 2022.
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