Eiger Appoints Jeysen Yogaratnam, MB.BCh, BAO, MRCSEd, PhD, MBA, Vice President of Global HDV Clinical Development
"Jeysen's background and experience in liver disease and antiviral drug development align well with our current and future HDV program needs as we advance Lonafarnib in the first-ever Phase 3 global study for HDV and Peginterferon Lambda toward Phase 3 for HDV," said
"I am excited to join Eiger's leadership team at this pivotal point in the Company's evolution as the leader of HDV drug development and look forward to advancing both Lonafarnib and Peginterferon Lambda to treat HDV patients for this large, unmet medical need," said Dr. Yogaratnam.
Dr. Yogaratnam was most recently Senior Medical Director at Janssen Biopharma, where he led the early drug development process of an HBV capsid assembly modulator (CAM) from late pre-clinical development into Phase 2a drug development. He was previously Chief Medical Officer at
Dr. Yogaratnam completed his Diploma in Surgery from
Eiger is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of a pipeline of first-in-class, well-characterized drugs for serious rare and ultra-rare diseases for patients with high unmet medical needs and for which no approved therapies exist.
The Company's lead program is in Phase 3, developing lonafarnib, a first-in-class prenylation inhibitor for the treatment of Hepatitis Delta Virus (HDV) infection. The company is also advancing peginterferon lambda, a first-in-class interferon, toward a Phase 3 study for the treatment of HDV. Eiger is preparing an NDA and MAA for lonafarnib to treat Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS or Progeria) and Progeroid Laminopathies with plans to file in 2019. For additional information about Eiger and its clinical programs, please visit www.eigerbio.com.
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