ARCA biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABIO), a biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases, today announced that Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D, has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. He will serve on the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Woosley is currently the President, Emeritus, of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), a non-profit, public-private partnership with the United States Food and Drug Administration, of which he was a founder, and where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2011. Since 2012, Dr. Woosley is also the President and Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (AzCERT), an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to the safe use of medicines.
“We are honored to have Dr. Woosley join the ARCA Board of Directors,” said Dr. Michael R. Bristow, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARCA. “With his extensive expertise and decades-long experience in cardiovascular clinical pharmacology, anti-arrhythmic therapeutics, pharmacogenetic drug development and regulatory science, Dr. Woosley will be a valuable addition to the ARCA Board as we continue the development of Gencaro.”
“I am delighted to join the Board of an organization focused on advancing cardiovascular science and potentially improved medical therapeutics,” said Dr. Woosley. “ARCA’s personalized medicine approach and its comparative effectiveness clinical trial of Gencaro incorporate important aspects of what I believe will be more efficient, informative and effective drug development in the future.”
Since 2001, Dr. Woosley has also been a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and Professor, Emeritus, since 2012, where he was also Vice President for Health Sciences from 2001 to 2005, and Dean of the College of Medicine from 2001 to 2002. From 1988 to 2000, Dr. Woosley was a professor of pharmacology and medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he was also Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences from 1994 to 2000, and Division Chief, Clinical Pharmacology, in the Department of Medicine from 1988 to 1994. Dr. Woosley earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Louisville, and his M.D. from the University of Miami.