Brickell Biotech Expands Leadership Team, Appointing Dr. Monica Luchi as Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Luchi brings over 20 years of immunotherapeutic and drug development experience and will lead Brickell’s clinical development strategy and medical affairs functions
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brickell Biotech, Inc. (“Brickell” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BBI), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company striving to transform patient lives by developing innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for the treatment of dermatologic, autoimmune and other debilitating diseases, today announced that it has appointed Monica Luchi, MD, FACR, MBA to the newly created role of Chief Medical Officer. In this new role, Dr. Luchi will oversee the Company’s clinical development strategy and medical affairs functions.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Luchi join our team at this transformative point in our Company’s history. Her tremendous experience developing and executing clinical strategies for novel therapeutics, as well as engaging regulators and the medical community at all stages of development, will be of immeasurable value as we accelerate our pipeline development and expansion,” commented Robert Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Brickell. “The recent acquisition of our novel DYRK1A inhibitor platform, including BBI-02, a Phase 1-ready, highly selective and orally bioavailable DYRK1A inhibitor, is expected to present a number of exciting new clinical development-stage opportunities, and we look forward to working with Dr. Luchi to prioritize, plan and implement these efforts as we broaden our strategic focus into autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.”
“I am thrilled to join a growing company with so many promising near-term milestones on the horizon, including the upcoming Phase 3 topline data release for sofpironium bromide gel, 15%, and a leadership team that has demonstrated an ability to execute its core strategy focused on making fresh tracks in medicine,” commented Dr. Luchi. “With the recent acquisition of our DYRK1A inhibitor platform that was just announced today, I look forward to using my extensive drug development experience spanning across immunology, dermatology and other therapeutic areas to help drive the Company’s product pipeline strategy. I was drawn to Brickell by their mission to develop groundbreaking therapeutics for a wide range of significant diseases and was excited by the opportunity to progress sofpironium bromide gel, 15% towards a potential NDA submission and to explore the role of DYRK1A in autoimmune and neuroinflammatory conditions through the development of a cutting-edge platform that has the potential to pave the way for a new class of therapeutics in these fields.”
Dr. Luchi joins Brickell with over 20 years of experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry across all phases of clinical development, strategic planning and business development, with a focus on developing novel therapies for autoimmune diseases. She was most recently working as the interim Chief Medical Officer and a Clinical Development consultant for the Bracken Group. Monica began her career in an academic practice focused on Rheumatology and Immunology before moving to the pharmaceutical industry. She has held positions of increasing responsibility at Novartis, Incyte, Mesoblast, Immune Pharmaceuticals, Celularity, and Sorrento Pharmaceuticals in clinical development, translational medicine, strategic planning, as well as key business development roles. Her experience ranges across all stages of development, from exploratory preclinical through Phase 3, in multiple therapeutic indications, and includes numerous regulatory filings. Dr. Luchi earned a B.A, Biology, Health Sciences Policy from University of Maryland, an M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine, an M.B.A from George Washington University, and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship program certificate from Stanford University. Dr. Luchi is a practicing rheumatologist with an adjunct appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Village, NYC.
Brickell Biotech, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company striving to transform patient lives by developing innovative and differentiated prescription therapeutics for the treatment of dermatologic, autoimmune and other debilitating diseases. Brickell’s pipeline combines a potential best-in-class, late clinical-stage program for hyperhidrosis with a novel, cutting-edge platform and development stage candidates with broad potential in autoimmune and neuroinflammatory disorders. Brickell’s executive management team and board of directors bring extensive experience in product development and global commercialization, having served in leadership roles at large global pharmaceutical companies and biotechs that have developed and/or launched successful products, including several that were first-in-class and/or achieved iconic status, such as Cialis®, Taltz®, Gemzar®, Prozac®, Cymbalta® and Juvederm®. Brickell’s strategy is to leverage this experience to in-license, acquire, develop and commercialize innovative and differentiated pharmaceutical products that Brickell believes can meaningfully benefit patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases that are underserved by available therapies. For more information, visit https://www.brickellbio.com.
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Released September 1, 2021