Astria Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATXS), a biopharmaceutical company developing STAR-0215 for the treatment of hereditary angioedema (HAE) and focused on life-changing therapies for rare and niche allergic and immunological diseases, today announced that it has named John Ruesch as Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technical Operations. Mr. Ruesch brings to Astria more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug development.
“We are pleased to have John’s leadership and experience as we progress STAR-0215 through clinical development,” said Jill C. Milne, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Astria Therapeutics. “His expertise in formulation, analytical development, and CMC will be critical to developing STAR-0215 as the potential first-choice preventative therapy for people with HAE.”
“I am thrilled to join a company that’s so passionate about bringing life-changing therapies to patients,” said Mr. Ruesch. “Astria is at an exciting place as we prepare to share our first patient data, expected in mid-2024, and I am looking forward to working on the development of a product with a validated mechanism and trusted modality that could normalize the lives of people living with HAE.”
Mr. Ruesch most recently served as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development at Surface Oncology. Prior to that, he held several roles at Biogen, Inc., including Vice President, Protein Technical Development, Senior Director, Head of Protein Technical Development, and Senior Director, Drug Product Development. Prior to Biogen, he worked at Pfizer from 2003 to 2015 in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his role as Senior Director, Formulation and Drug Product Process Development. Mr. Ruesch holds his B.S. in Biology from Valparaiso University, and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
About Astria Therapeutics:
Astria Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company, and our mission is to bring life-changing therapies to patients and families affected by rare and niche allergic and immunological diseases. Our lead program, STAR-0215, is a monoclonal antibody inhibitor of plasma kallikrein in clinical development for the treatment of hereditary angioedema. Learn more about our company on our website, www.astriatx.com, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @AstriaTx and on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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