Endeavor BioMedicines Appoints Paul Frohna, M.D., Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer
SAN DIEGO – November 2, 2023 – Endeavor BioMedicines, a clinical-stage company developing therapies for of fibrotic disease and oncology, today announced the appointment of Paul Frohna, M.D., Ph.D., as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Frohna is a physician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry in the fields of translational medicine, clinical trial design, and clinical and regulatory strategy.
“We’re pleased to welcome Paul as our Chief Medical Officer, and we look forward to his leadership as we progress our pipeline of therapies for patients with fibrosis and cancer,” said John Hood, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman, Endeavor BioMedicines. “Paul’s deep experience as a physician-scientist and impressive track record in clinical development and translational medicine will be valuable additions to Endeavor as we advance our programs, including our Phase 2 trial of ENV-101 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and the first-in-human trial for our HER3-targeted ADC in oncology.”
Dr. Frohna joins Endeavor from ImCheck Therapeutics in Marseille, France, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development responsible for overseeing programs in oncology and infectious disease. Prior to ImCheck, he was Chief Medical Officer at Bioniz Therapeutics, where he led clinical and regulatory affairs functions and was responsible for operational oversight of the company’s clinical programs in T-cell leukemia and lymphoma as well as autoimmune diseases. Prior to this role, he held senior roles at Receptos Inc., ProFibrix, Inc. and Fibrogen. Dr. Frohna began his biotech career at Genentech where he patented and initially tested the therapeutic approach of B-cell depleting therapy for relapsing and progressive multiple sclerosis.
“It is a privilege to join Endeavor as the company enters its next stage of growth,” said Dr. Frohna. “I look forward to contributing my clinical development experiences in fibrosis and oncology to demonstrate the therapeutic promise of our pipeline of medicines in order to help patients who deserve better treatments for their deadly diseases.”
Over the course of his career, Dr. Frohna has built and led departments and teams responsible for candidate selection, IND/CTA filings, Phase I to III clinical trials and global development partnerships. He has successfully designed and initiated translational and clinical programs for biologics, small molecules and stem cells across multiple therapeutic areas. He played critical roles in multiple development programs including Receptos’ ozanimod (Zeposia® marketed by BMS), Profibrix’s Raplixa™ and Genentech’s Rituxan®, Tarceva® and Raptiva® programs. Dr. Frohna received his pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
About Endeavor BioMedicines
Endeavor BioMedicines, Inc., is a clinical stage company developing novel therapies for fibrosis and oncology. We combine best-in-class therapeutics with an evolved understanding of terminal diseases to develop medicines with the potential to reverse severe health conditions. Our lead program, ENV-101, is a Hedgehog signalling inhibitor currently in Phase 2 studies treating IPF. The second program is a HER3-targeted ADC that will begin clinical development in 2024 for the treatment of multiple solid tumors. At Endeavor, we are an innovative and focused team that has come together to develop therapeutics that help patients feel better and live longer. Please visit us on our website at www.endeavorbiomedicines.com and on our LinkedIn and X (formerly Twitter) pages.