Galectin Therapeutics Strengthens Leadership Team
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins, today announced that the Company has recently expanded its management team with multiple key leadership appointments, including Dakshina Reddy, MSM, as Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs; Ezra R. Lowe, Ph.D., as Executive Director, Clinical and Preclinical Pharmacology; Marla Mills-Wilson as Executive Director, Clinical Operations; and Jessica Kopaczewski as Associate Director, Clinical Operations. These strategic appointments strengthen the company’s clinical, regulatory, and operational efforts across its ongoing programs in cancer immunotherapy and NASH cirrhosis.
“The addition of these talented and experienced leaders to our team reflects another inflection point in our growth and development as we advance our exciting programs in NASH cirrhosis and cancer immunotherapy,” said Joel Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Galectin Therapeutics. “These hires, together with the recent appointment of Dr. Ben Carson, Sr., as Senior Advisor, demonstrate our commitment to building a world-class organization and a renewed culture focused on advancing our proprietary galectin-3 inhibitor to significant new milestones. These new team members bring valuable experience that will be instrumental at this critical point in our trials and other research. The Board of Directors and I share a vision for the potential of Galectin Therapeutics. I am grateful that the Board fully supports my goal in continuing to expand our team in these key areas of the organization, in order to achieve our next step in creating value for shareholders.”
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs
Dakshina Reddy has over 22 years of experience in regulatory affairs and clinical research. He has particular expertise in global regulatory, drug development and regulatory life-cycle management strategies, having worked with the FDA, EMA, PMDA and Health Canada amongst other leading regulatory agencies and emerging regulatory bodies in developing economies.
He most recently worked for Novartis as Global Program Regulatory Director, where he led and achieved successful approvals of IND’s, NDA’s, sNDA’s and MAA’s in the U.S., E.U., Japan, China, Brazil and Mexico.
Dakshina holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rhodes University (South Africa) and a Master of Science Medicine (Pharmaceutical Affairs) from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).
Ezra R. Lowe, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Clinical and Preclinical Pharmacology
Ezra Lowe brings a depth of experience in clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism, and pharmacokinetics. He has a broad base of experience working with various drug formats across a diverse array of therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Galectin, Ezra was Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacology in Global R&D with the Bausch Health Companies.
Ezra holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan. He is also an alumnus of the McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program.
Executive Director, Clinical Operations
Marla Mills-Wilson has over 24 years of industry experience and brings to Galectin Therapeutics a deep experience in program management, project management, study operations, site management and progression across Phase 1 to 4 in a variety of therapeutic indications, including liver-related diseases, oncology, ophthalmology, and vaccines. She holds a B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and continues to be a member of several professional clinical research organizations and is lean Six Sigma certified.
Associate Director, Clinical Operations
Jessica Kopaczewski is an accomplished clinical operations professional with over 24 years of diverse experience in the pharmaceutical research industry supporting global study operations, site management, and personnel management across Phase 1 to 4 studies in a variety of therapeutic indications including liver-related diseases, oncology, and infectious diseases.
Jessica holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.