SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gossamer Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOSS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of seralutinib for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), today announced that Rainer Zimmermann, MD, has joined the Company as Vice President of Medical Affairs. Dr. Zimmermann brings more than 23 years of experience within the PAH/PH space, most recently having served as the Global Medical Lead, Medical Affairs, Pulmonary Hypertension, at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine. In this role, he partnered with the development and commercial teams to lead pre-launch and launch activities of several approved PAH products, including Uptravi® (selixpag), Opsynvi® (macitentan and tadalafil), and Veletri® (thermostable epoprostenol).
“We are thrilled to have Rainer join us at such a critical juncture for the seralutinib program. The global Phase 3 PROSERA Study is well underway with multiple active clinical sites, putting us on track to reach our goal of having more than 20 sites activated by year end to support our enrollment timeline,” said Faheem Hasnain, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO of Gossamer Bio. “Rainer’s extensive experience in successfully developing and launching multiple PAH therapies as a global medical affairs leader will perfectly complement the strong development and commercial teams we have brought together at Gossamer.”
“Seralutinib represents an important new mechanism of action as an inhaled PDGFRα/β, CSF1R, and c-KIT inhibitor targeting the underlying proliferative, inflammatory, and fibrotic pathways operative in PAH,” said Dr. Zimmermann. “I am excited to join the Gossamer team and look forward to contributing to our efforts to bring this promising therapy to patients with PAH.”
Prior to his role at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Zimmermann served in similar roles at Actelion, where he started his career in the biopharmaceutical industry as the global safety physician for the macitentan and selexipag programs. Dr. Zimmermann received his medical degree from the University of Aachen, receiving additional training at several university hospitals, including University of Oxford and the Children’s Hospital at the University of Würzburg. For nine years, Dr. Zimmerman oversaw the clinic for children with PAH/PH at the Heart Center, University of Giessen, Germany. In his role at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Zimmermann organized the PH Forum, a company sponsored educational event, which has become the largest annual, global PH scientific conference.
About Gossamer Bio
Gossamer Bio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of seralutinib for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Its goal is to be an industry leader in, and to enhance the lives of patients suffering from, pulmonary hypertension.
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