MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP), a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on advancing new therapies for cancer, today announced the appointment of Mr. Sujay Kango to its board of directors effective November 22, 2021.
"We are very happy to welcome Sujay, an industry leader with considerable commercialization and operational experience, to the MEI board as the company continues to exercise its vision to bring new therapies for cancer to patients,” said Christine A. White, M.D., chairman of the board, MEI Pharma. “As MEI prepares to transition to a commercial stage company, and grow its clinical pipeline, we greatly look forward to benefiting from the more than 25 years of industry insights and experience Sujay brings to the company.”
“As MEI builds its capabilities to become a commercial stage company, I am eager to join the board of directors at this important juncture to support the transformation,” said Sujay Kango. “I look forward to contributing to the growth of MEI, and its success as the company executes on its mission to deliver new therapies to patients with cancer.”
Mr. Sujay Kango is an experienced executive with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has held senior management positions where he has been instrumental in building commercial infrastructures and teams, while leading multiple global product launches. He joined Acceleron Pharma in 2018, where he most recently served as the executive vice president and chief commercial officer and was responsible for establishing the company’s North America commercial presence for luspatercept. Mr. Kango has additionally led multiple global product launches across several therapeutic areas including oncology-hematology, rare diseases, immunology, and virology. Previously Mr. Kango was vice president of global commercial development for oncology at AbbVie, prior to which he served as the executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kango also served as vice president, global marketing, and sales operations at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary. Prior to Onyx, he held several leadership positions including vice president sales and marketing-oncology at Merck & Co., global commercial leader-Procrit®/Eprex® at Ortho-Biotech, and various sales and marketing positions at Schering-Plough. Mr. Kango earned a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.B.A. from McNeese State University.
The Company also announced that after many years of service and dedication, Kevan Clemens, Ph.D., has resigned from the company’s board of directors and the compensation committee of the board of directors, effective November 22, 2021. Dr. Clemens served as a member of the company’s board of directors since December 2014.
"We greatly appreciate and value the numerous contributions Kevan has made to MEI during his years of service on the board of directors," said Dr. White. "His industry and commercialization expertise have been invaluable to the growth and maturation of MEI and the development of its pipeline of drug candidates.”
About MEI Pharma
MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) is a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing potential new therapies for cancer. MEI Pharma's portfolio of drug candidates contains multiple clinical-stage assets, including zandelisib, currently in ongoing clinical trials which may support marketing approvals with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory authorities globally. Each of MEI Pharma's pipeline candidates leverages a different mechanism of action with the objective of developing therapeutic options that are: (1) differentiated, (2) address unmet medical needs and (3) deliver improved benefit to patients either as standalone treatments or in combination with other therapeutic options. For more information, please visit www.meipharma.com. Follow us on Twitter @MEI_Pharma and on LinkedIn.
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