Monte Rosa Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Jan Skvarka to Board of Directors
BOSTON, March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monte Rosa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUE), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel molecular glue degrader (MGD)-based medicines, today announced the appointment of Jan Skvarka, Ph.D., MBA to its Board of Directors. Dr. Skvarka is an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive bringing over three decades of extensive operational, strategic and financial expertise to the Board.
"We are delighted to have Dr. Skvarka join our Board of Directors, bringing his extensive experience as a life sciences leader to the team," said Markus Warmuth, M.D., CEO of Monte Rosa. "Having served as the CEO of two clinical-stage companies, Jan has demonstrated remarkable abilities in driving clinical programs, shaping and executing on corporate and clinical strategies, and establishing strong relationships with key industry players. This impressive combination of skills and expertise will be instrumental to us as we continue to progress the development of our innovative molecular glue degrader pipeline into indications
with high unmet medical need and continue to build value for our stakeholders.”
Dr. Skvarka currently serves as the Executive Chairman of DEM BioPharma, Inc., and as a Board Member of Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Jan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trillium Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded, clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, where he led a highly successful business transformation that produced a leading CD47 drug candidate, propelling Trillium from a $16 million market capitalization to a $2.3 billion acquisition by Pfizer Inc. in two years. Before Trillium, Dr. Skvarka served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tal Medical, a private clinical-stage neuromodulation company, and as a Partner in the Healthcare Practice at Bain & Company, a leading global strategy consultancy. Dr. Skvarka received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“Monte Rosa has made impressive strides in a short period of time, establishing a strong scientific foundation and building a comprehensive portfolio of clinical and preclinical programs. I believe its MYC-focused MRT-2359 program, as well as the preclinical programs in oncology, inflammation and immunology have a broad therapeutic potential,” said Dr. Skvarka. “I look forward to working with the leadership team as they execute on the Company’s corporate and clinical strategic objectives, to bring differentiated and transformational targeted MGD therapies to patients.”
About Monte Rosa
Monte Rosa Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing novel molecular glue degrader (MGD) medicines for patients living with serious diseases such as oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. MGDs are small molecule protein degraders designed to employ the body’s natural mechanisms to selectively eliminate therapeutically relevant proteins. The Company’s QuEEN™ (Quantitative and Engineered Elimination of Neosubstrates) platform enables it to rapidly identify protein targets and design highly selective degraders by combining diverse libraries of proprietary MGDs with in-house proteomics, structural biology, AI/machine learning, and computational chemistry capabilities. For more information, visit www.monterosatx.com
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