Helix BioPharma Corp. Appoints Dr. Frank Gary Renshaw as Chief Medical Officer
October 3, 2022 – TheNewswire - Toronto, Ontario – Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX:HBP) (OTC:HBPCF) (“Helix” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing unique therapies in the field of immuno-oncology based on its proprietary technology platform DOS47, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Frank Gary Renshaw, as the Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Renshaw has been with Helix since December 2019 as a consultant and member of the Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board. He brings more than 20 years’ experience as a drug developer within the health care industry and has previously provided leadership with his medical and/or scientific expertise, from pre-clinical laboratory and animal tumor model development, to presiding over six successful new drug applications, eight approvals at the EMA, including two biological applications, and more than two dozen successful FIH IND’s and EMA new drug submissions.
Recently, he has provided further expertise as the Chief Medical Officer, and lead Oncology consultant for several Bio-Pharmaceutical global entities, as well as the Global lead on many radiotherapies, Chemotherapy, Devices, and Immuno-Oncology clinical programs.
“Dr. Renshaw will bring to Helix BioPharma his several decades of development experience in oncology-hematology, Molecular/Immuno-Oncology drug research. We look forward to his leadership in helping shape the future of our work at Helix.”, said Artur Gabor, Helix’s Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Renshaw stated, "L-DOS47 has the potential to enhance the efficacy of chemo- and IO-therapies for treatment of various tumors by modulating the tumor microenvironment. *With promising data already generated from preclinical experiments and previous clinical trials, I am excited to lead the next phase of clinical development to bring this improved therapy for cancer patients at the earliest.”
Frank Gary Renshaw Bio
Dr. Frank Gary Renshaw is an Oncologist-Hematologist having completed his training at the medical school at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at the Cardeza Foundation and Temple University Skin and Cancer Hospital and was a resident within the Oncology immunology research group at the Cancer Institute of NJ. Subsequent to this, he trained during his Oncology fellowship with the Cancer Immuno-Biological therapy group at MD Anderson Cancer Center and completed a molecular Biology fellowship at the NIH Naval Medical center where he worked on FIH trials of T-Cell therapy. During his academic career he worked as an Oncology consultant and Primary investigator to the Glaxo Smith Kline, Immunex, Chiron, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Sinclair Swine melanoma research, companies. From his academic rolls, Dr. Renshaw was then recruited to chair the US Gastrointestinal Oncology group at Eli Lilly company, leading several early development programs as well as the later stages of drug clinical/research development of Gemcitabine, and including pharmacogenetic/dynamics work for the eventual multiple approvals Pemetrexed for NSCLC and Mesothelioma.
Helix BioPharma Corp. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing unique therapies in the field of immune-oncology for the prevention and treatment of cancer, based on the proprietary technology platform DOS47. Helix is listed on the TSX under the symbol “HBP.”
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