CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and PORTON DOWN, United Kingdom, Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:KALV), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors, today announced the appointment of Edward P. Feener, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Company. Dr. Feener is a scientific co-founder of KalVista and a recognized authority on plasma kallikrein. His laboratory at the Joslin Diabetes Center has made groundbreaking discoveries on the role of plasma kallikrein in vascular disorders and was the first to identify plasma kallikrein as a potential therapeutic target for diabetic macular edema. Dr. Feener has more than 27 years of research experience in vascular biology and diabetic complications, contributing to more than 80 scientific publications during his career. Prior to taking his new role at KalVista, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Investigator in the Section on Vascular Cell Biology at the Joslin Diabetes Center, a research and clinical affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University and completed postdoctoral training at the Joslin Center and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Feener has been working closely with the KalVista team on the therapeutic opportunities for plasma kallikrein inhibitors, and as CSO will lead the new target discovery and preclinical pharmacology programs at KalVista's laboratories in Cambridge, MA. His focus in this role will be to evaluate new therapeutic opportunities for plasma kallikrein inhibitors and perform preclinical studies to support the development of additional protease inhibitors in KalVista's drug pipeline. "I am delighted that Dr. Feener has joined KalVista in this new position," said Andrew Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of KalVista. "I am confident that his exceptional understanding of vascular biology and the role of plasma kallikrein in vascular diseases will prove invaluable as we seek to build our pipeline of novel medicines and advance them into and through clinical development."