Acumen Pharmaceuticals Appoints Derrell Porter, M.D., to its Board of Directors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. and CARMEL, Ind., Jan. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acumen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABOS) (“Acumen” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel targeted therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), today announced Derrell Porter, M.D., has joined its Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Porter to our Board of Directors at a time when we’re rapidly advancing clinical development of ACU193,” said Daniel O’Connell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acumen Pharmaceuticals. “Dr. Porter brings significant expertise in drug development and commercialization to the Board as we develop a novel and potentially disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. His deep experience in diseases that benefit from personalized treatments and combination therapies will be invaluable to Acumen.”
Dr. Porter said: “This is an exciting time for drug development in Alzheimer’s disease, and I am drawn to Acumen’s pioneering science and the therapeutic promise of ACU193. I look forward to contributing my experience bringing meaningful treatments to market as Acumen works to deliver therapies that can substantially impact those affected by this devastating disease.”
Dr. Porter is a physician-entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in drug development. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Cellevolve, a development and commercialization cell therapy biotech focused on neglected diseases, and previously served in commercial and corporate development roles at Atara Bio, Gilead, AbbVie and Amgen. He is also a Board Member at Passage Bio, a genetics medicine company developing therapeutics for disorders of the central nervous system; Portal Innovations, LLC, a venture development engine which delivers seed capital, specialized equipment, lab space, and management expertise to early-stage biotech companies; and an Advisory Committee Member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Porter started his career at McKinsey & Company. He earned his M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.
ACU193 is a humanized monoclonal antibody (mAb) discovered and developed based on its selectivity for soluble AβOs, which Acumen believes are the most toxic and pathogenic form of Aβ, relative to Aβ monomers and amyloid plaques. Soluble AβOs have been observed to be potent neurotoxins that bind to neurons, inhibit synaptic function and induce neurodegeneration. By selectively targeting toxic soluble AβOs, ACU193 aims to directly address what a growing body of evidence indicates is a primary underlying cause of the neurodegenerative process in AD. ACU193 has been granted Fast Track designation for the treatment of early Alzheimer’s disease by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
About Acumen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Acumen, headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, with clinical operations based in Carmel, IN, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel disease-modifying approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Acumen’s scientific founders pioneered research on AβOs, which a growing body of evidence indicates are primary triggers of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Acumen is currently focused on advancing its investigational product candidate, ACU193, a humanized monoclonal antibody that selectively targets toxic soluble AβOs in INTERCEPT-AD, a Phase 1 clinical trial involving early Alzheimer’s disease patients. For more information, visit www.acumenpharm.com.
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