Achillion Appoints Dr. Steven Zelenkofske as Chief Medical Officer and Further Strengthens Clinical Development Team
In addition, Achillion also announced today the expansion of its clinical development group with the recent appointments of
“Steve has an exceptional clinical development track record, highlighted by the regulatory acceptance of multiple fast track development plans and regulatory approvals under his management. His strategic and operational leadership will greatly benefit Achillion as we accelerate our global phase 2 clinical programs and prepare for registrational trials and commercialization,” commented
“It is a very exciting time for me to be joining Achillion as Chief Medical Officer,” stated Dr. Zelenkofske. “Achillion is uniquely positioned to potentially make a real difference in the lives of patients with devastating rare diseases and few therapeutic options. I look forward to leading the clinical development team and advancing Achillion’s complement factor D portfolio into planned phase 3 development.”
Dr. Zelenkofske brings more than 20 years of industry development experience, most recently as Chief Medical Officer of
Dr. Zelenkofske completed his residency training at
Dr. Barrow has been in industry over 30 years developing several drugs from the clinic to market. She has the breadth and depth of knowledge and experiences in drug development, clinical operations, project management, and compliance in both large pharma and smaller biotech companies including
Dr. Uknis was trained in Transplant Surgery at the
Dr. Uknis joined the industry full time more than ten years ago and has held positions of increasing responsibility with ViroPharma, ViroPharma/Shire and CSL Behring. At each of those companies, he led clinical development programs for complement inhibition in rare diseases, gaining alignment with Regulatory Authorities for multiple accelerated approval developmental programs. Dr. Uknis also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from
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