– USA, NY – Prevail Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PRVL), a biotechnology company developing potentially disease-modifying AAV-based gene therapies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, today announced the appointment of Morgan Sheng, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors.
“Morgan is an esteemed leader who brings a wealth of expertise in neuroscience and specifically drug development in neurodegenerative diseases,” said Francois Nader, M.D., Non-Executive Chairman of Prevail’s Board of Directors. “He will be a great addition to Prevail’s Board as we continue to develop meaningful therapeutic advances for patients suffering from devastating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and Gaucher disease, among others.”
“As we transition to a clinical-stage company, we are thrilled to welcome Morgan to our Board of Directors,” said Asa Abeliovich, M.D., Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Prevail. “He will be instrumental to Prevail as we advance our pipeline of novel, urgently-needed gene therapies that target the major neurodegenerative disorders.”
About Dr Morgan Sheng
Dr. Sheng is a Core Institute Member and Co-Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is also a Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT. Previously, he was Vice President of Neuroscience at Genentech, where he was head of neuroscience research and drug discovery. Under his leadership at Genentech, multiple innovative programs for the treatment of serious diseases of the nervous system advanced into clinical trials. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Sheng was the Menicon Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, as well as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society in the U.K., the Academy of Medical Sciences in the U.K. and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications focused on the molecular cellular biology of brain synapses and the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.
“I am honored to join the Board at Prevail,” said Dr. Sheng. “The Prevail team has made significant progress in developing potential treatments for patients with neurodegenerative disorders, with its first program entering the clinic soon, and I am looking forward to working with the team help push these innovative gene therapies forward.”
Dr. Sheng holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Harvard University, a B.A. from Oxford University, and obtained his medical degree and training in internal medicine at London University. Following his postdoctoral work in neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, he served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining MIT.
About Prevail Therapeutics
Prevail is a gene therapy company leveraging breakthroughs in human genetics with the goal of developing and commercializing disease-modifying AAV-based gene therapies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Prevail was founded by Dr. Asa Abeliovich in 2017, through a collaborative effort with The Silverstein Foundation for Parkinson’s with GBA and OrbiMed, and is headquartered in New York, NY.
For more information: https://www.prevailtherapeutics.com
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