Landos Names Gregory Oakes President and Chief Executive Officer
Seasoned Pharmaceutical Executive Brings 25+ Years of Experience With a Focus on Successful Commercialization
Company Remains On Track to Complete Review of Clinical Development Plans Later This Year
NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landos Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: LABP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral medicines for patients with autoimmune diseases, today announced that Gregory Oakes has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, and has been appointed to the Landos Board of Directors, effective immediately. Tim M. Mayleben, who has been serving as interim President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2021, will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Oakes is an accomplished pharmaceutical industry executive bringing more than 25 years of experience to Landos. He most recently served as President, North America, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Vifor Pharma and previously held leadership roles at Amgen, Celgene Corporation, Novartis International AG and Schering-Plough (Merck). He brings deep expertise in supporting development stage programs, from optimizing clinical strategy and competitive positioning to achieving successful commercialization. He also has extensive experience in pricing, access and reimbursement, strategic partnerships and driving profitability for small, mid-sized and large pharmaceutical companies.
“Following a comprehensive and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to name Greg as President and CEO of Landos,” said Chris Garabedian, Chairman of the Board. “Greg is an industry veteran with a proven track record of developing and commercializing innovative products for multiple therapeutic areas and delivering value for shareholders and patients alike. We are excited to leverage Greg’s strong background in inflammation and immunology as we refine and finalize developments plans for our three clinical-stage product candidates – omilancor, NX-13 and LABP-104.”
“I am honored to be joining Landos at such a pivotal time for the Company,” said Mr. Oakes. “With a promising pipeline of clinical-stage assets and a sharpened focus on pursuing the most promising target indications, Landos has a strong foundation in place. I believe that Landos has the potential to change the lives of patients suffering from autoimmune diseases, and I’m excited about the tremendous clinical and commercial opportunities ahead of us. I look forward to working with and growing Landos’ talented team to deliver on our mission of addressing the therapeutic gap for patients with autoimmune diseases.”
Mr. Garabedian continued, “We thank Tim for his leadership over the last seven months in refocusing and reprioritizing Landos’ key initiatives and establishing a solid foundation for driving future value. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and insights as a member of our Board. With new leadership in place and continued progress in the Board’s strategic review of Landos’ programs, we remain on track to provide a comprehensive update on our clinical development plans and progress later this year.”
About Gregory Oakes
Mr. Oakes has more than 25 years of experience creating value for small, mid-sized and large pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Landos, he served as President, North America, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Vifor Pharma since 2020. Previously, he served as Corporate Vice President and Global Integration Lead for Otezla® at Amgen from 2019 to 2020, overseeing the integration of the $2 billion brand acquired from Celgene, and positioning it for sustained growth. Mr. Oakes served as Corporate Vice President and US General Manager, U.S. Inflammation and Immunology, at Celgene from 2017 to 2019. While at Celgene, Mr. Oakes also helped steer the $74 billion acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb and the $13.4 billion divestiture of Otezla. Prior to Celgene, Mr. Oakes held several positions at Novartis, including Head of Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals, North America and Senior Vice President, Market Access and Primary Care. He began his career at Schering-Plough where he held executive roles both in the U.S. and Europe. He currently sits on the Boards of BioNJ and Defender Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Mr. Oakes serves on Clemson University’s Department of Management Advisory Board at the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business. Mr. Oakes previously served on the Board of First Wave Biopharma, Inc. and United Way of Northern New Jersey, and also served on various Executive Committees at Celgene, Novartis and Schering-Plough.
Mr. Oakes holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Edinboro University, and an M.B.A. from Clemson University.
About Landos Biopharma
Landos Biopharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of oral therapeutics for patients with autoimmune diseases. We believe we were the first to identify and target LANCL2, NLRX1 and PLXDC2, which are immunometabolic pathways or targets. Our core expertise is the discovery of novel pathways at the interface of immunity and metabolism. We leverage our proprietary advanced artificial intelligence-based integrated computational and experimental precision medicine platform, our LANCE platform, to identify novel therapeutic targets based on predictions of immunometabolic function. We then identify and create novel therapeutic candidates to engage those novel targets in areas of unmet medical need. We have identified seven novel immunometabolic pathways or targets. Our near-term focus is on our clinical-stage programs including omilancor for the treatment of UC, NX-13 for the treatment of UC and LABP-104 for the potential treatment of SLE and/or RA.
For more information, please visit www.landosbiopharma.com.
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