CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BIND Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIND), a clinical-stage nanomedicine company developing targeted and programmable therapeutics called ACCURINS(R), today announced the appointment of Jonathan Yingling, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer. In this position, Dr. Yingling will be responsible for leading BIND's research and development efforts to identify and pursue new product opportunities where the unique attributes of ACCURINs can be leveraged to provide meaningful improvements in patient care.
"We are very pleased to welcome Jonathan to our leadership team, where he will significantly enhance our ability to discover and develop novel ACCURIN therapeutics," said Andrew Hirsch, president and chief executive officer, BIND Therapeutics. "As we continue expanding the application of our ACCURIN platform to develop potential breakthrough therapies, his scientific expertise in oncology, proven ability to build high quality research groups, and experience advancing promising science from the lab to the clinic make him ideally suited to successfully execute on our long-range strategic vision."
Dr. Yingling joins BIND from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), where he was vice president, Oncology Discovery and Translational Research. During his tenure at BMS, he was responsible for the oncology research portfolio as well as translational capabilities in oncology and immunoscience, contributing to the discovery and development of potentially transformative medicines in immuno-oncology. He championed several small molecule drug discovery programs including IDO (indoleamine-2,3 dioxygenase), TGF-β and other important intracellular tumor cell targets. He also expanded the biologics portfolio with the addition of FS102, a novel anti-HER2 monoclonal antibody, and several proprietary antibody drug conjugate assets.
"I'm excited to join Andrew and the talented team at BIND to utilize my drug discovery and translational science expertise to develop innovative medicines leveraging the ACCURIN platform," said Jonathan Yingling, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at BIND. "I am impressed with the leadership team, the capabilities of the organization and the flexibility of the world-class nanomedicine platform to address significant challenges in developing best-in-class medicines. With the strong foundation and scientists at BIND, I look forward to joining the team at this critical juncture as we accelerate our transition into an integrated drug discovery and pre-clinical development organization. I'm committed to focusing our discovery and research capabilities on developing innovative therapeutics addressing significant unmet medical need with meaningful impact on patients' lives."
Dr. Yingling began his pharmaceutical career as a senior biologist in oncology at Eli Lilly & Company in 2000. During his 13-year tenure, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility including CSO of Angiogenesis & Tumor Microenvironment Biology, Vice President Oncology Research; and Vice President of Translational Science and Technology. In those roles, he led innovative drug discovery programs focused on the tumor microenvironment, contributed to the expansion of Lilly's oncology portfolio into targeted therapy and biologics culminating in the acquisition of ImClone in 2008 and integrated tailored therapeutic capabilities across Lilly Research Laboratories. As vice president of Translational Science and Technology, he led target enablement and screening, structural biology, fragment-based drug design and lead optimization biology capabilities across multiple therapeutic areas. Dr. Yingling earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and Pharmacology at Duke University and was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University.
ABOUT BIND THERAPEUTICS
BIND Therapeutics is a clinical-stage nanomedicine company developing a pipeline of ACCURINS(R), its novel targeted therapeutics designed to increase the concentration and duration of therapeutic payloads at disease sites while reducing exposure to healthy tissue. BIND is leveraging its Medicinal Nanoengineering platform to develop a pipeline of ACCURINS targeting hematological and solid tumors and has a number of strategic collaborations with biopharmaceutical companies to develop ACCURINS in areas of high unmet need. BIND's lead drug candidate, BIND-014, is a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) -targeted ACCURIN that contains docetaxel, a clinically-validated and widely-used cancer chemotherapy drug. BIND is currently enrolling patients in a trial with BIND-014 for non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC, with squamous histology. In addition, BIND is enrolling patients in a clinical trial with BIND-014 for advanced cervical, bladder, head and neck and cholangio cancers. BIND is advancing BIND-510, its second PSMA-targeted ACCURIN drug candidate containing vincristine, a potent microtubule inhibitor with dose limiting peripheral neuropathy in its conventional form, through important preclinical studies to position it for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. BIND is also developing ACCURINS designed to inhibit PLK1 and KSP, both of which BIND believes are promising anti-mitotic targets that have been limited in the clinic due to systemic toxicity at or below therapeutic doses. BIND has announced ongoing collaborations with Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca AB, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Merck & Co., Merck & Co. (known as Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada) and Macrophage Therapeutics (a subsidiary of Navidea Biopharmaceuticals) to develop ACCURINS based on their proprietary therapeutic payloads and/or targeting ligands. BIND's collaboration with AstraZeneca has resulted in the Aurora B Kinase inhibitor ACCURIN AZD2811, which became the second ACCURIN candidate to enter clinical development. BIND's collaboration with Pfizer has resulted in the selection of an ACCURIN candidate that is entering IND-enabling studies.
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