LA JOLLA, Calif., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced today the appointment of Paul C. Grint, M.D. to its executive management team as Chief Medical Officer. In his new role, Dr. Grint will be responsible for leading and expanding Regulus' microRNA clinical portfolio and will serve as a key member of its executive leadership team.
"We are extremely pleased that Paul is joining Regulus at such an important time in the growth of our company. Paul brings to Regulus over two decades of experience in biologics and small molecule drug development, including the successful development of numerous commercial products in oncology, anti-infectives and immunology in both domestic and international markets," said Kleanthis G. Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., President and CEO of Regulus. "Paul is a recognized expert in product development and his addition to our accomplished team will strengthen our capabilities to bring this next innovative wave of RNA therapies targeting microRNAs to patients in need."
Dr. Grint joined Regulus from Cerexa, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Forest Laboratories, Inc., where he served as President and was responsible for the oversight of anti-infective product development. Prior to joining Cerexa, Inc., Dr. Grint served as Senior Vice President of Research at Forest Research Institute, Inc., Chief Medical Officer at Kalypsys, Inc., and Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Zephyr Sciences, Inc., and he also served in similar executive level positions at Pfizer Inc., IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Schering-Plough Corporation. Dr. Grint received his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Hospital in London and his medical degree from St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College at the University of London. Dr. Grint is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, a member of numerous professional and medical societies, and the author or co-author of over fifty scientific publications.
"The discovery of microRNAs in humans is one of the most exciting scientific developments in recent history and I believe that microRNA therapeutics will be a major class of new medicines with broad therapeutic application in many important diseases," said Paul C. Grint, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Regulus. "I am extremely excited about the clinical potential of targeting microRNAs – the ability to regulate entire pathways by controlling the translation of clusters of genes in disease pathways may prove to be a very powerful way to treat many complex diseases. To date, Regulus has made tremendous progress in advancing its technology platform and I look forward to working with the accomplished Regulus team to build a meaningful clinical portfolio based on microRNAs."About microRNAs microRNAs are small RNA molecules, typically 20 to 25 nucleotides in length, that do not encode proteins but instead regulate gene expression. More than 800 microRNAs have been identified in the human genome, and over one-third of all human genes are believed to be regulated by microRNAs. A single microRNA can regulate entire networks of genes. As such, these molecules are considered master regulators of the human genome. microRNA expression, or function, has been shown to be significantly altered or dysregulated in many disease states, including oncology, fibrosis, metabolic diseases, immune-inflammatory diseases and HCV. Targeting microRNAs with anti-miRs, chemically modified, single-stranded oligonucleotides, offers a unique approach to treating disease by modulating entire biological pathways and may become a new and major class of drugs with broad therapeutic application.