TP Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing oncology therapies with a focus on addressing current drug resistance, announced the appointment of Athena M. Countouriotis, M.D., as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
“The Board and I are extremely delighted to have Athena join us as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,” said Dr. J. Jean Cui, founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of TP Therapeutics, Inc. “Athena brings extensive and in-depth oncology clinical development experience to TP Therapeutics.”
“Athena has a history of success in oncology drug development, including the kinase inhibitor area which TP focuses on, and we are thrilled that she is joining us,” commented Dr. Carl Gordon of OrbiMed and director at TP Therapeutics.
“I am very excited to join TP Therapeutics at this critical time and help drive the strategy of our initial asset TPX-0005 (Ropotrectinib) in ALK/ROS/NTRK driven malignancies. I look forward to working closely with Dr. J. Jean Cui and our team as we unveil the Phase 1 clinical data with Ropotrectinib at an upcoming medical conference and we continue to expand our pipeline,” added Dr. Countouriotis.
Dr. Countouriotis has 15 years of experience within oncology. Before joining TP Therapeutics, Dr. Countouriotis served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Adverum Biotechnologies and previously at Halozyme Therapeutics. Prior to that, she was Chief Medical Officer at Ambit Biosciences leading the development of Quizartinib through the Company’s initial public offering and acquisition by Daiichi Sankyo. Dr. Countouriotis also worked within Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb in various leading clinical development roles for Sutent®, Mylotarg®, Bosulif®, and Sprycel®. Dr. Countouriotis holds an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, and did additional training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program.