Mr. Allan, the 2017 winner of the prestigious Julia Levy Award, to collaborate with 2021 Julia Levy Award winner Dr. Lakshmi P. Kotra, CEO of FSD Pharma subsidiary Lucid Psycheceuticals
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 21, 2022--
FSD Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGE) (CSE: HUGE) (FRE: 0K9A) (“FSD Pharma” or the “Company”), a life sciences holding company dedicated to building a portfolio of assets and biotech solutions, announced the appointment of David Allan and John McGraw, PhD, MSc, to the Company’s Advisory Board.
“Mr. Allan and Dr. McGraw both have impressive careers in the field of healthcare and biotechnology underscored by tremendously successful exits and we are excited to welcome them to our team,” commented Anthony Durkacz, Founder, Co-Chairman, and Interim Chief Executive Officer at FSD Pharma. “Our drug candidates have attracted an unparalleled group of advisors and staff as we position to initiate clinical trials, and the talents of these two seasoned industry executives joining in our mission to improve patient outcomes in challenging diseases such as multiple sclerosis, major depression disorder and inflammatory disorders,” added Mr. Durkacz.
David Allan has been a member of the Awards Selection Committee of Canada's Network of Centers of Excellence; the Multidisciplinary Assessment Committees of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Biotechnology Advisory Board and was, formerly, a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is the Principal at Cresswell Advisors Inc; was the Founding and Sunset Chairman, and CEO from 1998 to 2011, of YM BioSciences Inc. until its acquisition by Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) in 2013; Founding Chairman of Formation Biologics, acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) in 2020, and Executive Chairman of Stem Cell Therapeutics Inc., acquiring Trillium Therapeutics in 2013, and itself acquired by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) in 2021. Currently, Managing Director and Board member of eQcell Inc, a One Health company, the first to be cleared by Health Canada for clinical trials in equine osteoarthritis with mesenchymal stromal cells; an Advisory Board member at Inteligex Inc., a company developing novel stem cell therapies for the treatment of traumatic spinal cord injuries and other diseases of the Central Nervous System, and Haygain Ltd, the UK-based international equine health company. He is the recipient of the 2017 Society of Chemical Industry'sJulia Levy Award for commercialization of bio-medical innovation; the 2016 Life Sciences Ontario Leadership Award; and the 2012 BIOTEC Canada Gold Leaf Award for Industry Leadership.
Dr. McGraw has more than 20 years of executive experience commercializing health technologies including medical devices, therapeutics, and health services. He is currently serving as President and Director, at Izotropic Corporation, a company developing a dedicated breast computed tomography (CT) imaging platform, and President of Spratley Advisors Inc., an advisory company with drug development experience across many therapeutic areas. Previously, Dr. McGraw served as VP of Operations for Novadaq Technologies Inc., a medical device imaging company acquired by Stryker Corporation in 2017 for approximately CDN$900 million, and SVP Business Development & Strategy for CML HealthCare Inc., a medical imaging service and laboratory medicine provider acquired by OMERS and merged with LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services in 2013 for approximately CDN$1.2 billion. Prior to those positions, Dr. McGraw was a Co-Founder of medical device development company Trimanus Medical. Dr. McGraw earned his MSc and PhD from the University of British Columbia focusing on brain injury and repair. “This is an exciting time for FSD as the company is preparing to enter clinical trials for diseases that have significant unmet needs and I look forward to working with the advisors and management team,” stated Dr. McGraw.
About FSD Pharma
FSD Pharma Inc., with only 38.4 million shares issued/outstanding, is a biotechnology company with three drug candidates in different stages of development. FSD BioSciences, Inc. (“FSD BioSciences”), a wholly owned subsidiary, is focused on pharmaceutical research and development of its lead compound, ultra-micronized palmitoyl ethylamine (“PEA”) or FSD-PEA (formerly called FSD-201). Lucid Psycheceuticals Inc. (“Lucid”), a wholly owned subsidiary, is focused on the research and development of its lead compounds, Lucid-PSYCH (formerly Lucid-201) and Lucid-MS (formerly Lucid-21-302). Lucid PSYCH is a molecular compound identified for the potential treatment of mental health disorders. Lucid-MS is a molecular compound identified for the potential treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.
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