MALVERN, PA — Galera Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing a pipeline of novel, proprietary therapeutics that have the potential to transform radiotherapy in cancer, announced the appointment of Linda B. West to its board of directors. Additionally, as part of a planned transition, Jason Fuller, Ph.D., will not stand for re-election at Galera’s annual meeting.
“Linda is a proven and highly regarded business leader with extensive experience in transforming business operations, as well as spearheading governance, compliance and regulatory activities,” said Mel Sorensen, M.D., President and CEO of Galera. “Her expertise will be of tremendous value as we scale our organization and prepare to read out topline data from our Phase 3 ROMAN trial of lead candidate avasopasem manganese for the treatment of severe oral mucositis in people with head and neck cancer as well as the topline data from our pilot Phase 1/2a safety and anti-cancer trial in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.”
Dr. Sorensen added, “I would also like to thank Jason for his many contributions to our board of directors, which were instrumental in helping Galera evolve from a small private company to a growing public company.”
Ms. West brings nearly 40 years of business experience to Galera’s board of directors, having served in multiple leadership roles of increasing responsibility for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) until her retirement in 2019.
She most recently served as Vice President for DuPont Corporate Planning & Analyses, where she led the execution of transformational transactions. Earlier in her tenure, Ms. West served in roles including Vice President & General Manager of DuPont Imaging Technologies, and Vice President & General Auditor and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. She holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware.
“As Galera embarks on a period of growth, I look forward to bringing my experience in corporate planning and operations to bear to help chart a successful path forward for the company,” said Ms. West. “I am enthusiastic about the potential of Galera’s pipeline to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients receiving radiation treatment by reducing serious and debilitating radiation toxicities as well as increasing the anti-cancer effect of radiation.”
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