Invivyd Announces Changes to Executive Team
WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Invivyd, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVVD), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company on a mission to protect humanity from serious infectious diseases, today announced that Laura Walker, Ph.D., the company’s chief scientific officer and co-founder, decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. The management team has initiated a search process to identify her replacement. Until a permanent successor is named, Invivyd team member Lukas Dillinger, Ph.D., has been appointed as interim Head of Discovery and Pre-Clinical.
“On behalf of the company, I extend my gratitude and thanks for Laura’s scientific passion and contributions that led to the company’s founding and helped establish and evolve our integrated discovery platform that has generated a robust pipeline of antibody candidates against SARS-CoV-2,” said David Hering, CEO of Invivyd. “We wish Laura the very best in her future endeavors.”
Dr. Walker commented, “I am proud of the work I have done on behalf of Invivyd and appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to work alongside a group of passionate, talented, and committed individuals as we worked to solve a historic global health crisis. I continue to be optimistic about the potential of the company’s antibody candidates to help provide much-needed solutions for the many people for whom COVID-19 presents a serious threat, including the immunocompromised and other vulnerable populations.”
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 product candidates 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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