AMSTERDAM, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (Euronext: AMT), a leader in the field of human gene therapy, today announced the appointment of Dr. Carlos R. Camozzi as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Camozzi brings to AMT more than 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, most recently within the orphan drug field. This includes overseeing product approvals at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"We are very fortunate to have attracted Carlos to AMT. He has joined the company at a pivotal point as we continue to pursue the approval our lead gene therapy Glybera with the EMA," stated Jörn Aldag, CEO of AMT. "His expertise in product development and related interaction with global regulatory bodies in the orphan drug field will prove invaluable, not only with Glybera, but also as we advance development of our gene therapy pipeline."
Dr. Camozzi will join AMT on July 18 from Orphan Europe, where he held the position of Medical Director for over 5 years. During his tenure, he oversaw the approval of Carbaglu, a product for hyperammonemia in NAGS deficiency and Organic Acidemias, with the EMA and FDA, EMEA marketing authorisation renewals for two products, three orphan drug designations and development of pediatric investigation plans. He was also responsible for the clinical development in the pediatric field of orphan drugs in therapeutic areas of metabolic disorders, immunology, dermatology, cardiology and CNS.
Prior to Orphan Europe, Dr. Camozzi was a strategic development manager in the Molecular Pathology department of Basel University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland. In this role, he interacted with both pharmaceutical customers and regulatory authorities. From 2001-2005, he was managing director of MCP-medeor consulting pharma, where he helped design preclinical and clinical development programs for pharmaceutical and healthcare products. Dr. Camozzi started his career in South America holding roles at Lederle/American Cyanamid and F Hoffmann La-Roche.
Dr. Camozzi earned his MD and PhD from the School of Medicine, National University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), and holds degrees in Paediatrics, Neonatology, Clinical Pharmacology and Neuropsychiatry.
About Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics
AMT is a world leader in the development of human gene based therapies. The company's lead product Glybera®, a gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD), is currently under review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). If approved, Glybera will be the first gene therapy product to be marketed in Europe. AMT also has a product pipeline of several gene therapy products in development for hemophilia B, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, acute intermittent porphyria, Parkinson's disease and SanfilippoB. Using adeno-associated viral (AAV) derived vectors as the delivery vehicle of choice for therapeutic genes, the company has been able to design and validate probably the world's first stable and scalable AAV manufacturing platform. This proprietary platform can be applied to a large number of rare (orphan) diseases caused by one faulty gene and allows AMT to pursue its strategy of focusing on this sector of the industry. AMT was founded in 1998 and is based in Amsterdam. Further information can be found at http://www.amtbiopharma.com.
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