PETAH TIKVA, Israel, July 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD), a late-stage biopharma company focusing on developing targeted, locally administered and prolonged-release therapeutics to improve surgical outcomes, today announced that it has appointed leading colorectal surgeon Anthony J. Senagore, M.D., as its Senior Medical Director.
In his position, Dr. Senagore will be responsible for developing PolyPid’s medical infrastructure in the United States, and will contribute to the Company's NDA submission, approval and commercial launch of its lead product candidate, D-PLEX100, a novel drug product candidate designed to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs) by providing local prolonged and controlled anti-bacterial activity directly at the surgical site.
“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Senagore to the PolyPid team as we continue to advance toward commercialization of D-PLEX100,” stated Amir Weisberg, CEO of PolyPid. “With near-term clinical and regulatory milestones ahead, Dr. Senagore’s experience as a practicing surgeon and biopharmaceutical innovator, as well as his unique understanding of the budgeting process of hospital systems, will prove invaluable to our pursuit to reduce the clinical and financial burden of surgical site infections.”
Anthony J. Senagore, M.D., is a colorectal surgeon with a long track record of academic surgery practice and significant experience in healthcare start-up companies. He has served as Professor of Surgery at several prestigious academic medical centers, including University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Spectrum Health/Michigan State University. Dr. Senagore has experience with payment policy and health care economics with service on the AMA/CMA Relative Value Update Committee for 16 years and as Chair of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Committee for the Centers for Medicaid Services. In addition, Dr. Senagore has edited five textbooks in colon and rectal surgery and authored over 230 peer-reviewed publications and 25 textbook chapters.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Senagore said, “Despite advancements in health technologies, SSIs remain the most prevalent type of surgery related healthcare acquired infection, burdening our economy and reducing the quality of care. I am thrilled to join PolyPid and help lead the company toward its goal of preventing the risk of SSIs to protect patients, facilitate the recovery journey, and alleviate unnecessary healthcare costs.”
PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) is a Phase 3 biopharmaceutical company aiming to improve surgical outcomes through locally administered, controlled, extended-release therapeutics. PolyPid’s proprietary PLEX (Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation matriX) technology pairs with medications, enables precise delivery of drugs at effective release rates, over durations ranging from several days to months. PolyPid’s lead product candidate D-PLEX100 is in Phase 3 clinical trials for the prevention of sternal and abdominal surgical site infections (SSIs).
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About Dr. Anthony J. Senagore
Anthony J. Senagore, M.D., is a colorectal surgeon with a long record of academic surgery practice. In his previous roles, Dr. Senagore served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Genetesis, a privately-held medical technology company, and consulted for several healthcare start-up companies. He has also served as Professor of Surgery at several prestigious academic medical centers, including the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, Michigan State University's Spectrum Health and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Senagore has served as Chair of the Colorectal Surgery Residency Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, President of the Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Senagore is the past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and Midwest Surgical Association. He also served on the Relative Value Update Committee for 16 years and as Chair of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Committee for the Centers for Medicaid Services. Dr. Senagore has significant experience in revenue cycle and capacity management for healthcare. In addition, during his career, he was involved in the development of many innovations in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and the field of enhanced recovery. Dr. Senagore earned his medical degree from Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing, MI. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the Butterworth Hospital/MSU program. Dr. Senagore then completed a research fellowship and colon and rectal surgery residency at Ferguson Hospital on the Grand Rapids and East Lansing campuses of MSU. He later received his Master of Science degree in physiology from MSU and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, San Francisco, CA campus. Dr. Senagore has edited five textbooks in colon and rectal surgery and authored over 230 peer-reviewed publications and 25 textbook chapters.
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