NEW YORK, October 20, 2021 — Elevation Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELEV), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision medicines for patients with genomically defined cancers, today announced the appointment of Valerie M. Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Jansen was promoted from her prior role as Vice President, Clinical Development.
“Dr. Jansen has made significant contributions to Elevation Oncology’s vision since her arrival at the Company earlier this year and we are thrilled to have her take on this role within the Elevation Oncology executive team,” said Shawn M. Leland, PharmD, RPh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Oncology. “Valerie has an extensive background in oncology and a deep understanding of precision medicine, and under her leadership, Elevation Oncology is well positioned for success. I am confident in her continued oversight of our current clinical program targeting NRG1 fusions with seribantumab, reporting on the first clinical data from the Phase 2 CRESTONE study in mid 2022, and contributing to the development of new therapies that can make the genomic map of each patient’s tumor actionable.”
Dr. Jansen commented: “Seribantumab is the first proof point for Elevation Oncology’s approach for developing precision medicines, by identifying oncogenic drivers through genomic testing and developing therapeutics that are designed to intervene and improve patient outcomes. Through the adaptable and responsive clinical trial model that has been developed with our diagnostic partners for CRESTONE, we can meet the patients where they are in their journey and provide a potential treatment option. I look forward to continuing the successes that Elevation Oncology has achieved thus far, and building a pipeline of therapeutic candidates in support of our ultimate goal to develop therapeutics by targeting the underlying causes of oncogenesis.”
Prior to joining Elevation Oncology, Dr. Jansen served as Executive Medical Director at Mersana Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus in oncology, where she led clinical development of antibody-drug conjugate therapies for patients living with cancer. Previously, she was a senior medical advisor at Eli Lilly and Company, where she led global translational science for abemaciclib and served as lead Clinical Research Physician on early and late phase clinical trials.
Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Jansen started her career in academia as a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, with a translational research program focused on understanding mechanisms of resistance to cancer targeted therapies. She received her M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her Ph.D. in Molecular Sciences from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology through the ABIM Physician-Scientist Research Pathway at Vanderbilt. Dr. Jansen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.
About Elevation Oncology
Elevation Oncology is founded on the belief that every patient living with cancer deserves to know what is driving the growth of their disease and have access to therapeutics that can stop it. We aim to make genomic tests actionable by selectively developing drugs to inhibit the specific alterations that have been identified as drivers of tumor growth. Together with our peers, we work towards a future in which each tumor’s unique genomic test result can be matched with a purpose-built precision medicine to enable an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Our lead candidate, seribantumab, is intended to inhibit tumor growth driven by NRG1 fusions and is currently being evaluated in the Phase 2 CRESTONE study for patients with solid tumors of any origin that have an NRG1 gene fusion. Details on CRESTONE are available at www.NRG1fusion.com. For more information visit www.ElevationOncology.com.
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