NEW YORK–(7Newswire)–Neurogene Inc. (NASDAQ: NGNE) (“Neurogene” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage company founded to bring life-changing genetic medicines to patients and families affected by rare neurological diseases, today announced the appointment of Julie Jordan, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Jordan brings to Neurogene over 20 years of industry and clinical expertise involving the design and execution of global clinical trials across multiple development areas, including gene therapy and central nervous system disorders. She most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Homology Medicines, a clinical-stage company advancing gene therapies for the treatment of rare diseases.
“A proven leader with deep clinical and regulatory expertise to advance pioneering medicines through development, we are thrilled to welcome Julie to the team,” said Rachel McMinn, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neurogene. “Her leadership and experience will be invaluable as we continue to advance our pipeline of genetic medicines, including NGN-401, our potential best-in-class gene therapy for the treatment of Rett syndrome, and ultimately work toward the goal of improving the lives of patients and families impacted by rare neurological diseases.”
In her prior role as Chief Medical Officer of Homology Medicines, Dr. Jordan was responsible for leading clinical development and operations, leading regulatory interactions and supporting translational research programs for the company’s pipeline of gene therapy and gene editing candidates for rare diseases. Prior to assuming her role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jordan served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Development and Operations. During her tenure, she successfully drove development and navigated regulatory challenges for multiple first-in-class genetic medicines, built and led a team of functional experts across multiple disciplines, and played a key role in strengthening relationships with patient advocacy groups and key opinion leaders. Before joining Homology Medicines, she held global leadership roles of increasing responsibility for central nervous system, neuropsychiatry, and other programs at Cerevel Therapeutics, Avanir Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Before joining industry, Dr. Jordan was a practicing physician for 10 years and previously served as Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at MGH, Harvard Medical School.
“Leveraging its proprietary EXACT gene regulation technology, Neurogene is at the forefront of developing novel genetic medicines with the potential to overcome the challenges that have limited the use of conventional gene therapies for the treatment of rare neurological conditions,” said Dr. Jordan. “I look forward to working alongside the talented Neurogene team as we execute on our mission to deliver life-changing gene therapies to patients and families impacted by devastating rare neurological diseases.”
The mission of Neurogene is to treat devastating neurological diseases to improve the lives of patients and families impacted by these rare diseases. Neurogene is developing novel approaches and treatments to address the limitations of conventional gene therapy in central nervous system disorders. This includes selecting a delivery approach to maximize distribution to target tissues and designing products to maximize potency and purity for an optimized efficacy and safety profile. The Company’s novel and proprietary EXACT transgene regulation platform technology allows for the delivery of therapeutic levels while limiting transgene toxicity associated with conventional gene therapy. Neurogene has constructed a state-of-the-art gene therapy manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas. CGMP production of NGN-401 was conducted in this facility and will support pivotal clinical development activities. For more information, visit www.neurogene.com.
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