Zentalis Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Management Team with Key Appointments
Diana Hausman, M.D., Accomplished Oncologist and Drug Developer, Appointed Chief Medical Officer
Kyle Rasbach, Ph.D., Pharm.D., Experienced Biotechnology Portfolio Manager, Appointed Chief Business Officer
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zentalis® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing clinically differentiated small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancer, today announced that Diana Hausman, M.D., a member of Zentalis’ Board of Directors, was appointed as Chief Medical Officer, and Kyle Rasbach, Ph.D., Pharm.D., was appointed as Chief Business Officer.
“We are pleased to welcome Diana and Kyle to our management team. Diana brings deep oncology development experience and a detailed understanding of the azenosertib clinical plans as a result of her service on our Board of Directors. Diana is ideally suited to help us execute on our clinical development strategy for our potentially transformative WEE1 inhibitor, azenosertib, which remains on track across multiple ongoing studies,” said Kimberly Blackwell, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Zentalis. “Kyle comes to us from Eventide Asset Management, where he co-managed their Healthcare and Life Sciences Fund and developed an understanding of the Company and the potential of azenosertib in ovarian cancer and other tumors. We believe Kyle’s experience as a biotechnology portfolio manager, with a background in scientific research, will help us drive the Company’s growth and value creation.”
Dr. Hausman is an oncologist with extensive experience in all aspects of drug development and clinical strategy. She has over a decade of experience as a Chief Medical Officer, having previously served in the role at Link Immunotherapeutics, Lengo Therapeutics, Zymeworks, and Oncothyreon. During her career, she has contributed to the development of multiple cancer therapeutics, including small molecules, antibody drug conjugates, and immunotherapies. Her experience includes overseeing trials from first-in-human/Phase 1 to Phase 3. Dr. Hausman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Immuneering. In connection with her appointment as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hausman resigned from Zentalis’ Board of Directors. Dr. Hausman holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an A.B. in biology from Princeton University.
Dr. Hausman will succeed Carrie Brownstein, M.D., who is stepping down for personal reasons. Dr. Brownstein will remain with Zentalis as a consultant for a transitional period. “Carrie built an incredibly talented team during her time with us. I would like to thank Carrie for her leadership and contributions to advancing azenosertib in the clinic,” stated Dr. Blackwell.
Dr. Rasbach comes to Zentalis from Eventide Asset Management, where he was a Portfolio Manager for Eventide’s healthcare and life sciences strategies, a Managing Director for Eventide Ventures, and a Senior Research Analyst for other Eventide investments. Dr. Rasbach has extensive experience in clinical pharmacology, basic science, and healthcare equity research. Prior to joining Eventide, Dr. Rasbach was a Managing Partner at Pappas Capital, an equity research analyst and Vice President at T. Rowe Price, and an equity research associate and Vice President at Cowen and Company. Dr. Rasbach holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences as well as a Pharm.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina, an M.B.A. from The Citadel, and a B.S. from Denison University.
About Zentalis Pharmaceuticals
Zentalis® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing clinically differentiated small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers. The Company’s lead product candidate, azenosertib (ZN-c3), is a potentially first-in-class and best-in-class WEE1 inhibitor for advanced solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Azenosertib is being evaluated as a monotherapy and in combination across multiple clinical trials and has broad franchise potential. In clinical trials, azenosertib has been well tolerated and has demonstrated anti-tumor activity as a single agent across multiple tumor types and in combination with several chemotherapy backbones. As part of its azenosertib clinical development program, the Company is exploring enrichment strategies targeting tumors of high genomic instability, such as Cyclin E1 positive tumors and homologous recombination deficient tumors. The Company is also leveraging its extensive experience and capabilities across cancer biology and medicinal chemistry to advance its research on protein degraders. Zentalis has operations in both New York and San Diego.
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