CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AVEO Oncology (NASDAQ: AVEO) today announced the appointment of Scarlett Spring to its Board of Directors. Ms. Spring brings to AVEO extensive sales, commercial, and leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Scarlett to our Board of Directors,” said Michael Bailey, president and chief executive officer of AVEO. “Her experience and proven track record across a wide spectrum of roles within the industry will be of great value at this crucial juncture for AVEO. We look forward to leveraging her expertise as we lay the groundwork for our potential transition to a commercial entity and continue to execute on advancing our pipeline.”
“I am excited to be joining the Board of Directors at such an essential time for AVEO,” said Ms. Spring. “AVEO has a unique and meaningful opportunity in tivozanib to potentially impact the treatment of kidney cancer. I look forward to working alongside the Board and management team to help ensure that tivozanib and the AVEO pipeline realize their full potential.”
Ms. Spring currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TapRoot Interventions & Solutions, a platform technology company focused on providing real-time, tailored interventions to caregivers managing patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia behaviors. She previously served as President and Chief Commercial Officer for VisionGate, Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical and diagnostics company developing products for the early detection, prevention, and treatment of lung cancer. Prior to VisionGate, Ms. Spring served in various sales and commercial roles of increasing responsibility at Merck and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. At AstraZeneca, she was involved in the successful launches of Prilosec®, Nexium®, Crestor® and Iressa®, and managed the hormonal portfolio for AstraZeneca Oncology.
Ms. Spring also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. She currently serves on the Arizona Bioscience Board and Risk Capital Committee of the Flinn Foundation, as well as on the Boards of Republic Bank of Arizona and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
AVEO Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company seeking to advance targeted medicines for oncology and other unmet medical needs. The Company’s lead candidate is tivozanib, a potent, selective, long half-life inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor 1, 2 and 3 receptors, which AVEO is seeking to develop and commercialize in North America as a treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and other cancers. Tivozanib (FOTIVDA®) is approved by the European Commission for the treatment of adult patients with advanced RCC in the European Union plus Norway, New Zealand and Iceland. AVEO is leveraging or seeks to leverage partnerships to develop and commercialize its pipeline of products and product candidates, including tivozanib in oncology and other indications in various geographies, and ficlatuzumab (HGF MAb) in head and neck cancer, pancreatic cancer and acute myeloid leukemia. AVEO’s earlier-stage pipeline includes AV-203 (anti-ErbB3 MAb), AV-380 (GDF15 MAb) and AV-353 (Notch 3 MAb) drug candidates being developed for various oncology indications.
For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.aveooncology.com.
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