WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Invivyd, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVVD), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company on a mission to protect humanity from serious viral respiratory diseases, today announced the appointment of Jeremy Gowler as chief operating and commercial officer, effective December 16, 2022, and the promotion of Pete Schmidt, M.D. to chief medical officer, effective immediately.
In his new role Mr. Gowler will oversee operations and commercial activities for the company. Dr. Schmidt will be responsible for overseeing all medical, clinical development and regulatory activities at Invivyd. Dr. Ellie Hershberger, Invivyd’s chief development officer, is departing from the Company, but is anticipated to provide consulting services for development activities.
Mr. Gowler brings 20 years of experience across multiple key commercialization functions throughout the product lifecycle and experience in business development. Prior to joining Invivyd, he has served as the commercial global head of the biopharma business unit of Sandoz, where he was responsible for late-stage clinical trial launches and global product commercialization across their portfolio. Before his time at Sandoz, he held multiple senior commercial roles across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Mr. Gowler received his Diploma of Technology from The British Colombia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria.
“Jeremy is a proven leader in the biopharma industry and will be a valued partner to me and to our executive team. His expertise will strengthen Invivyd as we continue to advance our pipeline and will be instrumental in advancing our business priorities,” said David Hering, Invivyd CEO and director.
Dr. Schmidt has served as Invivyd’s vice president of clinical research for the past two years where he was central in advancing adintrevimab into clinical trials. Prior to joining Invivyd, Dr. Schmidt worked in academic research and therapeutics development for neurology, pain, and respiratory products. He is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, an MSc in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
“I am honored to continue working with the team at Invivyd as we advance our pipeline of monoclonal antibodies against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses,” said Dr. Schmidt. “I feel particularly passionate about addressing the unmet needs of vulnerable populations who are currently facing the worst season of respiratory viruses in recent memory.”
“Pete has been outstanding for this organization, and I am extremely confident that those efforts will be duplicated and exceeded in his new role,” said Hering. “His unique skillset will allow us to seamlessly consolidate the CMO and CDO roles. I would also like to thank Ellie Hershberger for her significant contributions to Invivyd over the past several years, including establishing a strong development team. With Jeremy and Pete’s broad experience and capabilities, we are maximizing resources and remaining laser focused on key priorities. I am extremely excited to add two professionals with their credentials to our leadership team.”
Invivyd, Inc. formerly Adagio Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ADGI), is a biopharmaceutical company on a mission to protect humanity from serious viral respiratory diseases. The company is developing antibodies to transcend the limits of naturally occurring immunity and provide superior protection from viral diseases, beginning with COVID-19. Invivyd’s technology works at the intersection of evolutionary virology, predictive modeling, and antibody engineering, and is designed to identify high-quality, long-lasting antibodies with a high barrier to viral escape. The company is generating a robust pipeline of products for use in both prevention and treatment of disease. NVD200, Invivyd’s first antibody combination product candidate for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, includes a re-engineered version of adintrevimab, an investigational monoclonal antibody which demonstrated clinically meaningful results against multiple variants of concern in global Phase 2/3 clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, prior to the emergence of Omicron. The safety and efficacy of adintrevimab have not been established. The company also has multiple discovery stage candidates for the prevention of seasonal influenza. Visit www.invivyd.com to learn more.
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