Leadership Team Continues to Expand with Addition of Key Leader in Clinical Operations
DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: DMAC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for neurological disorders and kidney diseases, announced today the appointment of Julie VanOrsdel Daves, MSHS, CCRP, as Senior Vice President (SVP), Clinical Development Operations. Ms. Daves, a recognized leader in managing global clinical studies, has significant experience in all phases of clinical development and will complement DiaMedica’s growing clinical team.
“Julie brings nearly two decades of clinical development operations experience to DiaMedica across a wide breadth of pharmaceutical therapeutic areas, including Phase 3 pivotal programs. She is an expert in trial execution and management of the myriad of vendors required to deliver trials on-budget and on-time and with impactful data,” commented Rick Pauls, DiaMedica’s President and CEO. “We’re very pleased to have Julie join us at this critical time as we prepare to resume enrollment in our ReMEDy2 acute ischemic stroke (AIS) trial and work toward providing stroke patients with a new therapeutic option.”
Ms. Daves most recently served as a consultant to DiaMedica and as Vice President and Global Head, Clinical Operations at Sanifit, which was recently acquired by CSL in January 2022. Prior roles include leadership positions in clinical operations at Edgewise Therapeutics, miRagen Therapeutics, Chiltern, Array Biopharma, and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. She has a broad range of experience from Phase 1a (first-in-human) through Phase 3 registrational studies, including renal, dermatology, arthritis, oncology, autoimmune and neuromuscular disease, and vaccine development. “This is an exciting time to join the DiaMedica team and to help complete the development of a novel treatment for acute ischemic stroke, a group of patients with truly significant unmet medical need,” she commented.
Ms. Daves is a certified clinical research professional and received her MSHS in Clinical Research Administration from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and BS in Zoology from North Carolina State University.
Inducement Grant Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)
In connection with Ms. Daves’ appointment, the Company granted her an inducement stock option to purchase 140,000 common shares of DiaMedica pursuant to the DiaMedica Therapeutics, Inc. 2021 Employment Inducement Incentive Plan. The inducement grant was approved by the Company’s compensation committee of the board of directors and was effective as of Ms. Daves’ first date of employment, September 13, 2022, and was a material inducement to her acceptance of employment with the Company in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
The stock option has an exercise price of $1.47 per share, which is equal to the closing price of DiaMedica’s common shares on the grant date and a 10-year term. The option will vest over four years, with 25 percent of the shares underlying the option vesting on the one-year anniversary of the grant date, and the remaining shares vesting in equal amounts monthly over the remaining three years. The inducement grant is subject to the terms and conditions of an award agreement and the plan under which it was granted.
DM199 is a recombinant (synthetic) form of KLK1. KLK1 is a serine protease (protein) that plays an important role in the regulation of diverse physiological processes including blood flow, inflammation, fibrosis, oxidative stress and neurogenesis via a molecular mechanism that increases production of nitric oxide and prostaglandin. KLK1 deficiency may play a role in multiple vascular and fibrotic diseases such as stroke, chronic kidney disease, retinopathy, vascular dementia, and resistant hypertension where current treatment options are limited or ineffective. DiaMedica is the first company to have developed and clinically studied a recombinant form of the KLK1 protein. The KLK1 protein, produced from porcine pancreas and human urine, has been used to treat patients in Japan, China and South Korea for decades. DM199 is currently being studied in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and patients with chronic kidney disease. In September 2021, the FDA granted Fast Track Designation to DM199 for the treatment of AIS.
About DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.
DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of people suffering from serious diseases. DiaMedica’s lead candidate DM199 is the first pharmaceutically active recombinant (synthetic) form of the KLK1 protein, an established therapeutic modality for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke and chronic kidney disease. For more information visit the Company’s website at www.diamedica.com.
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