– USA, MA – Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRPT), a developer of innovative RNA-targeted therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Jean-Paul Kress, M.D., to the Company’s Board of Directors.
Jean-Paul Kress, M.D., is the recently appointed Head of North America, Sanofi Genzyme Specialty Care Business Unit (Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology & Immunology). Prior to this appointment, Jean-Paul served as the President and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur MSD, the leading European vaccine company.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jean-Paul to our Board of Directors and gain the benefit of his commercial and organizational expertise as eteplirsen, our lead candidate for the treatment of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is pending review by the FDA,” said Edward Kaye, M.D., Sarepta’s interim chief executive officer and chief medical officer. “Jean-Paul is highly respected and his global experience and insights will be invaluable as we prepare for the potential commercialization of eteplirsen.”
During his tenure with Sanofi Pasteur MSD, a joint venture between Sanofi Pasteur and Merck & Co (known as MSD outside the US and Canada), Jean-Paul embarked on a series of changes to reshape the organization to better meet the challenges of the rapidly changing vaccine industry and to drive the launches of a number of innovative new products. His ability to mobilize the organization to focus on the most critical priorities resulted in a turnaround of the business and provided a firm foundation for sustainable growth. A strong advocate for the socio-economic value of vaccination, Jean-Paul was actively involved in the development of health policy across the EU with a focus on disease prevention.
Prior to his work at Sanofi Pasteur MSD, Jean-Paul was Vice President and General Manager in France for Gilead, a major US-based biopharmaceutical company specialized in therapeutics for life-threatening diseases such as HIV. He joined Gilead in California in 2006 as Vice President, US Sales and Marketing.
Jean-Paul Kress holds a MD Degree from Faculté Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, France, and is an alumnus of the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He sits on the Board of Directors of CNE (the ENS Alumni association).
About Sarepta Therapeutics
Sarepta Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare, infectious and other diseases. The Company is primarily focused on rapidly advancing the development of its potentially disease-modifying DMD drug candidates, including its lead DMD product candidate, eteplirsen, designed to skip exon 51. Sarepta is also developing therapeutics for the treatment of infectious diseases such as drug-resistant bacteria and other rare human diseases.
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