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Alan Boyd joins Taysha Gene Therapies’ independent scientific advisory board

Alan Boyd joins Taysha Gene Therapies’ independent scientific advisory board
March 10, 2021 SueCarr

Professor Alan Boyd has joined Taysha Gene Therapies’ newly formed independent scientific advisory board.

Taysha Gene Therapies, Inc., a patient-centric gene therapy company focused on developing and commercialising AAV-based gene therapies for the treatment of monogenic diseases of the CNS in both rare and large patient populations, has announced the formation of an independent Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) that will work closely with senior management to advance the company’s clinical development and commercialisation efforts.

Taysha Gene Therapies is on a mission to eradicate monogenic CNS disease. With a singular focus on developing curative medicines, we aim to rapidly translate our treatments from bench to bedside. We have combined our team’s proven experience in gene therapy drug development and commercialisation with the world-class UT Southwestern Gene Therapy Program to build an extensive, AAV gene therapy pipeline focused on both rare and large-market indications.

In their recent press release, Suyash Prassad MBBS, M.Sc., MRCP, MRCPCH, FFPM, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development of Taysha said: “We are excited and privileged to have the opportunity to work with this cross-functional group of esteemed scientific and clinical thought leaders on initiatives from discovery, through pre-clinical and clinical development and commercialization. They bring a wealth of knowledge in the development of gene therapy products and diseases of the CNS that will be invaluable as we advance our extensive pipeline of AAV-based gene therapies for the treatment of monogenic diseases of the CNS. Formalizing the SAB is an important accomplishment that will help position Taysha for sustained success as we further our R&D initiatives.”

The SAB brings together the expertise of esteemed independent scientists and clinicians covering Taysha’s key areas of research in monogenic diseases and gene therapy products. Members of the SAB will provide scientific review and guidance to the company around its R&D and related business activities.

The members of Taysha’s SAB are as follows:

Deborah Bilder, M.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology, General Pediatrics, and Child Psychiatry.

Alan Boyd, B.Sc., M.B., Ch.B., FRSB, FFLM, FRCP, FFPM, is the CEO and founder of Boyd Consultants and a fellow and Immediate Past-President of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK.

Wendy K. Chung, M.D., Ph.D., is a Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics in Medicine, Attending Physician in the Division of Molecular Genetics, Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, and the Director of Clinical Genetics, Clinical Cancer Genetics, and Precision Medicine Resource at the Irving Institute for Translational Research, all at Columbia University.

David P. Dimmock, M.D., is the Senior Medical Director of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Michael W. Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy and the Associate Director of the Neuroscience Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Gerald S. Lipshutz, M.D., M.S., is a Professor-in-Residence in the Departments of Surgery and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Surgical Director of the Pancreas/Auto-islet Transplant Program and Chairman of the Academic Medicine College at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

Read the press release in full here.