Sector Expert: Geert Cauwenbergh
Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh is President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining RXi, Dr. Cauwenbergh served as chairman and CEO of Barrier Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company he founded in 2001 that focused on dermatology drug development. Prior to founding Barrier, Dr. Cauwenbergh held a number of ascending senior management positions at Johnson & Johnson, where he was employed for 23 years. In 2005, Dr. Cauwenbergh was inducted into the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame, and, from 2009 to 2010, he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of BioNJ. He has authored more than 100 publications and has been a guest editor for a number of books in mycology and infectious diseases.
With data from multiple studies due out this quarter, this biotech's RNA interference delivery platform has the potential to transform treatments for indications from cancer to ophthalmology, says Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Gerrit Dispersyn, RXi's Chief Development Officer, and Dr. Karen Bulock, Vice President of Research at RXi.
RXi Pharmaceuticals' proprietary self-delivering RNAi (sd-rxRNA) platform offers efficient delivery to cells ex vivo, an application with tremendous potential in immuno-oncology. It's no surprise then that RXi has acquired MirImmune, a company that has been focusing on the next generation of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Geert Cauwenbergh, RXi's President and CEO; Alexey Eliseev, Chief Business Officer; and Pam Pavco, Chief Development Officer, discuss their technologies, the merger and why they believe that in 10 years pure chemotherapy could be relegated to the treatment of last resort.
It's All in the Delivery: How RXi Pharmaceuticals' Innovative Platform Will Transform Medicine (5/29/15)
Inhibition—developing therapies that can suppress certain disease mechanisms—is a major thrust in modern biotech. With its unique RNA interference delivery platform, spun out from the mind of a Nobel laureate, CEO Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh tells The Life Sciences Report about the transformational treatments RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation has in the pipeline, therapies that can both enrich lives and investors' portfolios.