Zevra Announces Board of Directors and Leadership Changes
- The Board accepted the resignation of
Richard W. Pascoefrom his role as CEO, effective June 1, 2023. Tamara A. Favoritowas unanimously appointed Chair of the Board.
Matthew R. Ploosterand Joseph B. Saluri, J.D. have indicated that they will not stand for re-election at the Company’s 2024 Annual Meeting, and that they intend to retire as soon as replacements are found.
- The Board intends to appoint an interim-Chief Executive Officer and will immediately initiate a search to identify both a new Chief Executive Officer and replacement Board members.
“On behalf of the Zevra team, we welcome new directors John, Doug, Corey and Wendy to the Board as we strengthen our commitment to working together towards our shared goal of delivering value for all Zevra shareholders,” stated
Zevra Therapeutics is a rare disease company melding science, data, and patient need to create transformational therapies for diseases with limited or no treatment options. With unique, data-driven clinical, regulatory, and commercialization strategies, the Company is overcoming complex drug development challenges to bring much-needed therapies to patients.
Arimoclomol, Zevra’s orally-delivered, first-in-class investigational product candidate for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease type C (“NPC”), has been granted orphan drug designation, Fast Track designation, Breakthrough Therapy designation and rare pediatric disease designation for NPC by the
KP1077 is Zevra’s lead clinical candidate being developed to treat idiopathic hypersomnia (“IH”) and narcolepsy. KP1077 is comprised solely of serdexmethylphenidate (“SDX”), Zevra’s proprietary prodrug of d-methylphenidate (“d-MPH”). The FDA has granted KP1077 orphan drug designation for the treatment of IH, and the
Early access programs are made available by
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