Venatorx Pharmaceuticals Names New Head of Regulatory Affairs

first_img Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Previous articleInspection Machines (Pharmaceutical, Medical Device) Markets, 2025 by Product (Vision Inspection, Checkweigher, Metal Detector, Software), Type (Manual, Automatic), Type (Vials, Syringes, Blisters) – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleUS jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter TAGS  center_img MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Venatorx Pharmaceuticals today announced that Chitrananda Abeygunawardana, Ph.D. has been named Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. With nearly 25 years’ experience in pharmaceutical research, regulatory affairs and compliance, Dr. Abey will be responsible for developing and executing all regulatory strategies and tactics for Venatorx’s antibacterial and antiviral programs including interacting with health authorities and managing clinical trial applications worldwide. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Chitrananda Abeygunawardana, Ph.D. — Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Venatorx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Photo: Business Wire) “We are proud to continue to attract the best and brightest minds to Venatorx to support our mission to bring lifesaving antibiotics and antiviral medicines to patients around the globe,” said Christopher J. Burns, Ph.D., President and CEO of Venatorx. “Dr. Abey will play a critical role in advancing our antibiotic and antiviral programs from benchtop to bedside. I look forward to working with him as we progress our programs to market.” “We have witnessed first-hand the colossal impact a global pandemic can have on our way of life,” said Dr. Abey. “I am excited by the opportunity to be part of a company that is addressing critical unmet medical needs for patients, and working hard every day to thwart what could be the next global pandemic—antimicrobial resistance.” Prior to joining Venatorx, Dr. Abey was Executive Director of Merck Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety (GRACS) where he led the development of Merck’s pneumococcal vaccine strategy, and developed the regulatory strategies to support new drug development and licensures. During his tenure at Merck, Dr. Abey was a key contributor in the development of strategies for multiple anti-infectives including vaccines, antivirals and antifungals, as well as immune-oncology, representing every stage of drug development from pre-clinical concept to life cycle management of approved products. Dr. Abey has extensive experience in formulating late stage clinical and regulatory strategy to maximize value through optimal labeling indications and content, and in leading discussions with the FDA (CBER, CDER, & CDRH) and representing Merck in discussions with other key ex-US Agencies (EMA, Health Canada, PMDA, PEI, CFDA, etc.). In addition, Dr. Abey has extensive expertise in analytical and manufacturing aspects of vaccines and biologics, cGMPs, devices, content labeling, and manufacturing investigations. Dr. Abey received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. In addition, he was a member of the Research Faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. About Venatorx Pharmaceuticals Venatorx Pharmaceuticals is a private pharmaceutical company focused on improving health outcomes for patients with multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections and hard-to-treat viral infections. For more information, please visit View source version on CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Hunter Vice President, Communications hunter(at)venatorx(dot)com 484.329.8327 KEYWORD: PENNSYLVANIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RESEARCH HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SMALL BUSINESS BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH OTHER SCIENCE SCIENCE SOURCE: Venatorx Pharmaceuticals Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 10:02 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 10:02 AM WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Venatorx Pharmaceuticals Names New Head of Regulatory Affairslast_img read more

Student Peace Conference encourages inclusivity, activism and a better world

first_imgOrganized by Notre Dame undergraduate students, for undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world, the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference ran Friday and Saturday in the Hesburgh Center to promote dialogue on issues related to peace-building, social justice and conflict transformation.The theme of this year’s conference — “Expanding Circles: Peace in Polarized Age?” — encouraged students to consider inclusive peace-building in the midst of a polarized reality.The conference featured a keynote session delivered by Delaney Tarr, a co-founder of the March for Our Lives and a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Tarr discussed her experiences actively advocating for gun violence prevention, youth empowerment and voter registration since the Parkland shooting.“We were just another statistic; we were just another group of students going through the grief and the pain so many had before, hoping, praying and fighting for something different, for a future that maybe doesn’t have to be so bleak,” Tarr said.Reflecting on the first gun control rally the March for Our Lives founders attended in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Emma Gonzalez gave her famous “We Call BS” speech, Tarr said it was there that the students decided to mobilize.“We understood that we had power that had an ability to change the landscape, to change the world even,” she said.Throughout her session, Tarr stressed the target of her organization’s activism.“We reminded ourselves we were fighting the core of injustice, not the people who have perpetrated it,” she said. “We were fighting the NRA, we were fighting corruption and the systems that put it in place, not the people who become victims to it, not the people who have subscribed to a system that they don’t know an alternative to.” Senior and conference co-chair Monica Montgomery said although the conference usually invites a practitioner or an academic as the keynote speaker, they specifically chose a young activist this year.“We were really excited about the prospect of a student activist because the [March for Our Lives] movement has done great things, and they’re going to continue and Delaney has been really involved,” Montgomery said. “It really relates to our theme of expanding circles of who’s involved in decision making and power because March for Our Lives has tried to redefine who can have a say in the gun debate.”In addition to Tarr’s keynote speech, the conference also included a number of breakout discussions, workshops, research presentations and film screenings proposed by students to the conference committee, all relating to the theme of this year’s conference.Senior and conference co-chair Maddie Thompson said the committee worked to pair proposals covering similar topics together and to include both traditional and creative learning experiences, which translated into a few film screenings.On Friday night, students gathered to watch the EPIX original documentary “Under the Gun,” which examined why gun control laws struggle to pass although the number of mass shootings continues to rise. In addition, students in the Center for Social Concerns’ border immersion seminar presented a film on migration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, Montgomery said.The conference also included talks on social movements and policy change, intersectional justice, quality and toleration in public institutions and the role of sustainable development.Montgomery said she hopes the variety of topics helped people engage in dialogue on issues they understand while also expanding their peace studies and justice knowledge and acknowledging the reality of our modern situation.“We do live in a very polarized political system in this present day, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t work towards inclusivity,” Montgomery said. “It’s a core doctrine of peace students to look at how inclusivity can work in the peace process and how can we include more people in the negotiating table, how can we consider local groups that should be involved with these projects.”Tags: “Under the Gun”, Delaney Tarr, inclusivity, March for Our Lives, Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, Parklandlast_img read more