Stoke Therapeutics (STOK) Appoints Ian Smith to its Board

September 20, 2023 4:31 PM EDT

Stoke Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: STOK), a biotechnology company dedicated to addressing the underlying cause of severe diseases by upregulating protein expression with RNA-based medicines, today announced the appointment of Ian Smith to its Board of Directors effective September 19.

“Ian brings more than two decades of significant executive management experience in the life sciences industry, with a strong track record of successfully building valuable biotech businesses,” said Edward M. Kaye, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Stoke Therapeutics. “His diverse experience in developing disease-modifying medicines for severe genetic diseases along with his deep strategic, operating and financial expertise will make him an integral resource for the Stoke team, especially as we work to advance STK-001 for Dravet syndrome into a Phase 3 program and build a global organization.”

“Stoke’s approach to targeting the underlying cause of severe diseases by upregulating protein expression represents a unique opportunity to develop first-in-class disease-modifying new medicines for many diseases that have been challenging to treat with existing approaches,” said Mr. Smith. “I am pleased to join Stoke’s Board of Directors and look forward to working with the team to help them achieve their goals. Together, I believe we have the opportunity to fundamentally change the way certain diseases are treated, starting with Dravet syndrome.”

Ian F. Smith is a director of Stoke Therapeutics. He serves as a Senior Advisor to Bain Capital Life Sciences since January 2021. Mr. Smith also serves as Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Solid Biosciences, as a director of Foghorn Therapeutics, Alkeus Pharmaceuticals and iVexSol Inc, and formerly as a director and Executive Chair of the board of ViaCyte, Inc. (acquired September 2022). Between 2001 and 2019, Mr. Smith served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. He holds a B.A. with honors in accounting and finance from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).

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