Aastrom Biosciences (ASTM) Names New Medical, Scientific Officers

April 1, 2014 8:42 AM EDT
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Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASTM) announced the appointments of Ross Tubo, PhD, as chief scientific officer and David Recker, MD, FACR, FACP, as chief medical officer of Aastrom.

Dr. Tubo was formerly vice president of stem cell and chemokine biology at Genzyme, where he directed the research and development programs for two of the first FDA-approved autologous cellular therapies. He also led an interdisciplinary research program to study the cellular and molecular biology of mesenchymal stem cells and their reparative properties in a range of areas, including oncology, inflammation and autoimmune disease. Additionally, as founder of Research Translation, LLC, Dr. Tubo provided senior level consulting services to several leading companies developing cell therapies and regenerative medicines. He received his doctorate and master's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Recker joins Aastrom with more than 20 years of experience in drug development. He most recently served as a senior vice president of clinical sciences at Takeda Global Research and Development, where he led a multi-regional clinical organization responsible for designing and implementing global clinical development strategies for a variety of products in a range of therapeutic areas. Dr. Recker has played a lead role in multiple successful global regulatory filings. He holds an MD with distinction from the University of Michigan, where he was chief resident in internal medicine. He completed his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

"The addition of Dr. Tubo and Dr. Recker significantly advances our goal of building the foremost research and development leadership team in the cell therapy and regenerative medicine field," said Nick Colangelo, president and chief executive officer of Aastrom. "Ross is a recognized pioneer in the development and registration of cell therapies and has deep expertise in the biology of mesenchymal stem cell therapies and their potential therapeutic applications. Dave is a highly accomplished industry veteran who has successfully managed a wide range of global clinical development programs and multiple successful regulatory filings. Together they will play a key role in advancing our current clinical development programs, identifying new indications for ixmyelocel-T and pursuing promising new business opportunities for Aastrom in the years ahead."

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