SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otonomy, Inc. (NASDAQ:OTIC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear, today announced the appointment of Kathie M. Bishop, Ph.D., as chief scientific officer. Dr. Bishop is a neuroscientist with more than fifteen years of pharmaceutical development experience. At Ionis Pharmaceuticals, she led translational research and development of programs in the neurology franchise including SPINRAZAä (nusinersen), a treatment for patients with spinal muscular atrophy that is awaiting regulatory approval.
"Kathie is a great fit to lead our development efforts given her neuroscience background and successful track record managing significant development programs from inception through to registration," said David A. Weber, Ph.D., president and CEO of Otonomy. "Furthermore, her extensive experience with local drug delivery in the nusinersen as well as other programs is highly relevant to our focus in developing locally administered therapeutics for otic disorders."
Dr. Bishop succeeds Carl LeBel, Ph.D., who had previously announced his retirement. She joins Otonomy from Tioga Pharmaceuticals where she served as chief scientific officer since 2015. Previously, she served in product development management roles at Ionis Pharmaceuticals including vice president, clinical development. At Ionis, she led translational research and development of a portfolio of programs in the neurology franchise which included clinical-stage products for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, myotonic dystrophy, and amytrophic lateral sclerosis and preclinical programs targeting various disorders including retinal degeneration. Prior to Ionis, she served in research and development leadership roles at Ceregene, a company focused on the development of gene therapy products for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and retinal diseases. Before joining Ceregene, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Molecular Neurobiology Lab at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. Dr. Bishop obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta, a B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia.
Otonomy is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear. OTIPRIO® (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) is approved in the United States for use during tympanostomy tube placement surgery in pediatric patients, and commercial launch commenced in March 2016. OTO-104 is a steroid in development for the treatment of Ménière's disease and other severe balance and hearing disorders. Two Phase 3 trials in Ménière's disease patients are underway, with results expected during the second half of 2017. OTO-311 is an NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of tinnitus that is in a Phase 1 clinical safety trial. Otonomy’s proprietary formulation technology utilizes a thermosensitive gel and drug microparticles to enable single dose treatment by a physician. For additional information please visit www.otonomy.com.
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