AVEO Oncology (Nasdaq: AVEO), a commercial and clinical development stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., to the Company’s Board of Directors. A widely recognized clinical oncologist with a specialty in head and neck cancer, Dr. Cullen is the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology and director of the Program in Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“Dr. Cullen, among the leading voices in cancer research and treatment, has made many important contributions to the evolving treatment of cancer, including head and neck cancers,” said Michael Bailey, president and chief executive officer of AVEO. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Cullen to the AVEO board of directors and look forward to his insights at a time where we embark on next steps in the clinic with our robust portfolio of wholly owned targeted therapies following the FDA approval of and commercial launch of FOTIVDA® (tivozanib).”
“AVEO has a commitment to improving the lives of cancer patients coupled with a research heritage that has produced a rich pipeline of targeted therapeutic candidates,” said Dr. Cullen. “I am delighted to be joining the Board at this important time for the Company and look forward to offering my insights as AVEO explores possible new therapies for a variety of cancers where high unmet patient need exists.”
Dr. Cullen received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He conducted his residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA, and fellowship in oncology with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Prior to joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Cullen served as Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Otolaryngology, at Georgetown University, and Interim Director of the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.
At the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is ranked as one of the nation’s top cancer programs, Dr. Cullen oversees a staff of 275 physicians and researchers. Under his leadership, the cancer center has expanded its clinical and research programs significantly and was named a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in 2008 and a comprehensive cancer center in 2016. Dr. Cullen’s laboratory examines the mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in head and neck cancer. His team was the first to describe racial survival disparities in head and neck cancer. In 2011, he was appointed by President Obama to a five-year term as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board, an advisory committee to the National Cancer Institute. He has served as chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society and is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Excellence in Research Award.
About AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AVEO is an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company committed to delivering medicines that provide a better life for cancer patients. AVEO’s strategy is to focus its resources toward the development and commercialization of its product candidates in North America, while leveraging partnerships to support development and commercialization in other geographies. AVEO’s product, FOTIVDA® (tivozanib), received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on March 10, 2021 for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following two or more prior systemic therapies. FOTIVDA® was approved in August 2017 in the European Union and other countries in the EUSA territory for the treatment of adult patients with advanced RCC. AVEO has previously reported promising early clinical data on ficlatuzumab (anti-HGF IgG1 mAb) in head and neck cancer, pancreatic cancer and acute myeloid leukemia and is conducting a randomized Phase 2 confirmatory clinical trial of ficlatuzumab for the potential treatment of head and neck cancer. AVEO’s pipeline of product candidates also includes AV-380 (anti-GDF15 IgG1 mAb). AVEO has previously reported the acceptance of its investigational new drug application in the U.S. for AV-380 and its initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for the potential treatment of cancer cachexia. AVEO’s earlier-stage pipeline includes monoclonal antibodies in oncology development, including AV-203 (anti-ErbB3 mAb) and AV-353 (anti-Notch 3 mAb). AVEO is committed to creating an environment of diversity and inclusion.
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