LOS ANGELES, July 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (NASDAQ: ENOB)—Today, Enochian BioSciences (the Company) announced that Dr. Richard (Rich) Whitley, M.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), will become the Company’s Senior Scientific Advisor. A Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at UAB, Dr. Whitley brings decades of virology research experience to the Company, including clinical research experience to develop antiviral therapies.
“We are incredibly excited to bring on Dr. Whitley as a Senior Scientific Advisor,” said Enochian’s CEO Dr. Mark Dybul. “Rich is not only a talented clinician, but also a well noted researcher whose experience and expertise will be instrumental in our research pipelines. Rich’s eagerness to transition to this role is further evidence that key members of the scientific community continue to place trust in Enochian and that the Company is committed to advancing its potential products to commercialization, which could save millions of lives from deadly illnesses.”
“I’m excited to take on this new role at Enochian, a company built on using innovative approaches to potentially curing or putting into remission some of the world’s most devastating diseases,” said Dr. Whitley. “As a clinician and researcher in viruses for many years, I am particularly excited about the Company’s “Hijack” RNA approach, which has the potential to be a promising platform to save countless lives. I look forward to helping the Company advance its most promising therapies to human studies.”
In addition to his pediatrics professorship at UAB, Dr. Whitley is also the Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics, the Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, a Senior Scientist in the Department of Gene Therapy, and a Senior Advisor for Drug Discovery and Development. Beyond his work at UAB, Dr. Whitley has published more than 347 articles, and he actively participates on several Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for ongoing clinical studies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked as a project director on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-funded grant that evaluated the efficacy of the antiviral medication remdesivir in COVID patients. This year, Dr. Whitley was awarded the American Pediatric Society’s highest honor, the John Howland Award.
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Source: Enochian Biosciences