Genprex Inc (NASDAQ:GNPX), the cancer-focused gene therapy company, is adding to its management, with the hiring of Eric Chapdelaine as a senior director of pharmaceutical sciences and manufacturing, and Kalyn Dabbs as a senior manager of communications and marketing.
In his new role, Chapdelaine will oversee Genprex’s manufacturing as well as its technical operations and supply chain management.
He joins Genprex from Cognate BioServices where he served as the director of quality control and analytical development and oversaw a staff of more than 40 working on cell and gene therapy in laboratories.
Dabbs, meanwhile, will take responsibility for communications as well as marketing plans and the company’s digital strategy. Before signing on at Genprex, Dabbs spent six years working in various communications and marketing roles in the healthcare and wellness industries.
Rodney Varner, Genprex’s CEO and chairman, spoke with enthusiasm about both hires.
“Eric’s experience at both biotech companies and contract development and manufacturing organizations will be invaluable in managing and coordinating manufacturing partners and scale-up activities as we expand our research and development efforts and clinical trials of our lead product candidate, Oncoprex™, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and potentially other clinical sites,” Varner said.
“Kalyn's role with our company will be essential as we execute our shareholder outreach and communications strategy in the coming year,” he added.
Based in Austin, Texas, Genprex is making great strides toward developing its lung cancer-fighting, gene-therapy treatment Oncoprex.
Genprex shares nudged up almost 1% to $1.46 in morning trade on Wednesday.
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