Appili Therapeutics Appoints Veteran Drug Development Executive, Dr. Armand Balboni, as Its Inaugural Chief Scientific Officer
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, October 1, 2018 – Appili Therapeutics Inc. (the “Company” or “Appili”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on drug development for infectious diseases, has named Dr. Armand Balboni as its first Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). In his new role with Appili, Dr. Balboni is responsible for the Company’s clinical and scientific strategy, with a particular emphasis on overseeing the scientific aspects of Appili’s government and industry collaborations and steering the Company’s clinical programs through regulatory and pre-commercialization processes.
“Armand’s medical science, business, and military experience, including his particular focus in infectious disease, is a powerful combination, and having an expert of his caliber on our team is a ‘win’ for this Company and our shareholders,” said Kevin Sullivan, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Appili Therapeutics. “Our clinical program has grown substantially since our inception, and Armand’s experience with unique regulatory pathways and the role public/private partnerships can play in drug development will be critical to us as we advance our pipeline. We look forward to his continued guidance and support as we move into our next stage of growth.”
Dr. Balboni’s over 20-year healthcare career encompasses medical and drug development experience across a range of civilian and military organizations. He is a partner, senior advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the investment advisory firm Bloom Burton & Co. Dr. Balboni served as the senior advisor on scientific, regulatory, and medical affairs for the companies within Bloom Burton’s ‘incubation’ program, advising some of the most recent promising young Canadian biotech companies.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Balboni completed a period of active duty in the U.S. Army as the Deputy Director, Office of Regulated Activities (ORA) and senior reviewer on the clinical pharmacovigilance team. Dr. Balboni’s tenure in the ORA focused on regulatory filings (Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs), meetings, pre-sub filings etc.) for military-relevant medical products across all therapeutic areas.
In addition, Dr. Balboni completed a U.S. Department of Defense fellowship at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in the Division of Anti-infective Products, and in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats (OCET). He also served as the Chief, Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA) at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID). His office was tasked with oversight of all strategic partnerships between USAMRIID and universities, U.S. and foreign government agencies, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
“Appili is doing very important work in the infectious disease space, from developing options for some of the most threatening drug-resistant bacteria emerging in our healthcare landscape, to tackling head-on significant bioterrorism threats,” said Dr. Balboni. “I have been impressed with their notable progress in the three years that the Company has been operating, and am eager to continue supporting their efforts as the first Chief Scientific Officer.”
Dr. Balboni has also held various academic teaching positions, including posts at Westfield State University, the University of Maryland University College, and currently as Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Life Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He completed his doctoral work in the MD/PhD program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and earned his law degree at Brooklyn Law School.
About Appili Therapeutics
Appili Therapeutics, Inc., was founded to advance the global fight against infectious disease by matching clearly-defined patient needs with drug development programs that provide solutions to existing challenges patients, doctors and society face in this challenging disease space. Balancing near-to-market product candidates with higher-risk but potentially transformative early-stage programs, Appili’s growing pipeline includes assets being developed by Appili as well as an active licensing program. ATI-1501 employs Appili’s proprietary, taste-masked, oral-suspension technology with metronidazole for the growing number of pediatric and elderly patients with difficulty swallowing. ATI-1503 is a drug discovery program aimed at generating negamycin analogue candidates, a novel class of antibiotics with broad-spectrum activity against Gram-negative bacteria. Via an in-licensing program, Appili acquired the rights to ATI-1701, a vaccine for tularemia, removing risk from a weaponized bioterrorism pathogen. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with offices in Mississauga, Ontario, Appili is pursuing worldwide opportunities in collaboration with science and industry commercial partners, governments and government agencies. For more information, visit www.AppiliTherapeutics.com.
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