Enosi Life Sciences Appoints Drug Discovery Veteran Patrick Gray as its Newest Board Member

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enosi Life Sciences, a drug research and development company focused on providing industry-leading therapeutics for inflammatory autoimmune diseases and cancer, announced today its appointment of Patrick Gray, CEO of Pascal Biosciences, as its newest board member.

Throughout his entire career, Dr. Gray has been focused on drug research. His valuable contributions include the first cloning and characterization of the viral surface antigen of Hepatitis B. This research has contributed to the development of a vaccine for HBV that saves two million lives a year. Dr. Gray’s laboratory cloned and characterized numerous cytokines and immune genes, helping to progress immunology knowledge and contribute to clinical trials and approved therapeutics, and also characterized several small molecule targets that resulted in licensed therapeutics.

“Dr. Gray’s demonstrated success as a discovery scientist and his experience within executive leadership is a perfect fit for our board,” said Dr. H. Michael Shepard, co-founder of Enosi Life Sciences. “He has a passion for translating great science into products that save lives. We are very pleased to welcome Patrick, as his expertise will help guide our ability to discover and develop life-saving therapeutics and also create significant value for our shareholders.”

“I believe Enosi’s portfolio of immuno-oncology therapeutic candidates holds great promise, and I look forward to working with Dr. H. Michael Shepard and the rest of the Board to support the advancement of these programs to create value for patients and shareholders,” said Dr. Gray.

Dr. Gray is currently the CEO of Pascal Biosciences, a biotechnology company dedicated to treating patients suffering from intractable cancers, including glioblastoma and leukemia. With programs accredited by other companies, and with their own in-house discovery testing, Pascal provides added benefit. Cancer is the main focus of Pascal and, strategically, Pascal seeks to utilize emerging technology and experienced leadership and research teams to create new, reliable therapeutics that can improve patients’ lives.

About Enosi Life Sciences
Enosi Life Sciences is a drug research and development company focused on providing industry-leading therapeutics for autoimmune diseases and cancer. The company was founded by world-renowned scientists Professor Sir Marc Feldmann, who discovered anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy as an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases ( Lasker Award, 2003 ); and Dr. H. Michael Shepard, whose research in humanized antibodies created the first monoclonal antibody therapy targeting cancer oncogene encoded-proteins ( Lasker award, 2019). Enosi Life Sciences combines Feldmann and Shepard’s expertise in cancer and autoimmune diseases with Executive Chairman Dr. James N. Woody’s unique combination of medical, scientific and management expertise to expand therapeutic options. To learn more about Enosi Life Sciences, visit www.enosi-life.com.

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James N. Woody

Executive Chairman

  • Jim brings more than 25 years of pharmaceutical research and management experience to Enosi.
  • In addition to his duties as a consultant to LVP, where he served as a General Partner for 14 years, Jim is currently Chairman of Viracta Therapeutics, a company focusing on unique therapies for virally induced cancers.  
  • He was the founding CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a cancer therapeutic antibody company. He was the Board member for both ForteBio, and Protein Simple, both successfully acquired. Jim was formerly President and GM of Roche Bioscience (former Syntex) in Palo Alto, CA. 
  • Previously, Jim served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D for Centocor. While at Centocor, Jim’s team developed the blockbuster drug Remicade. 
  • Jim served as a Navy Medical Officer, and was Head of the Navy Transplant Research Program. With his colleagues and with both Navy and Congressional support, founded the National Marrow Donor Program. 
  • He was promoted to Commanding Officer and Director, US Naval Medical Research and Development Command in Bethesda Maryland. He was responsible for the surveillance, detection and therapy for all Biologic Warfare Agents and Infectious Diseases in the first Gulf War and was awarded the Marine Corps/US Navy Legion of Merit for his service. 
  • Jim served as Chairman of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group representing over 120 Silicon Valley Companies, is a board member of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (Stanford).
  • Jim holds an M.D. from Loma Linda University, trained in Pediatric Immunology at Duke University and Children’s Hospital in Boston (Harvard), and holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of London, England. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine 1982-1996. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications.
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H. Michael Shepard, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder

  • Dr. H. Michael Shepard is a global, leading authority on cancer research and therapeutics.
  • Best known for his invention of “Herceptin”/Trastuzumab, which has remained one of the most profitable platforms for Roche (>$7B USD).
  • Dr. Shepard is a highly-experienced and respected leader with many successful ventures in this field – working at Genentech (sold to Roche – $46.8 B USD), Canji, Inc. (bought by Scheirng-Plough) and Halozyme (now valued at $2.6B USD).
  • Widely acknowledged biomarker pioneer and recognized worldwide, Dr. Shepard has received the 2019 Albert Lasker Award and the Warren Alpert Prize, among many other professional accolades.

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Sir Marc Feldmann, M.D. Ph.D.

Director & Co-founder

  • Sir Marc Feldmann is a preeminent immunologist, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford.
  • With Sir Ravinder Maini, identified TNF as a target. Trials of Infliximab (Remicade) they led were successful, and prompted J&J’s $4.9B USD acquisition of Centocor.
  • Anti-TNF sales > $50B USD globally.
  • Professor Sir Marc Feldmann is a Fellow of the Royal Society , of Australian Academy and a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences; he was knighted in 2010 and received the Australian equivalent.
  • He has received many accolades including the Albert Lasker Award, the Crafoord Prize, the Canada Gairdner Award, the Paul Janssen Award, the Ernst Schering Award.