Cardiol Therapeutics Appoints Dr. James Young as Chair of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board
Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2018 – Cardiol Therapeutics Inc. (“Cardiol” or the “Company”), a nanotherapeutics company focused on the research and commercial development of proprietary drug formulations for the treatment of heart failure, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. James Young as Chair of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Young is Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Chief Academic Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. He is a Medical Director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure. He holds the George and Linda Kaufman Chair and was Study Chairman of the NIH, FDA, and CMS Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Assist Support (INTERMACS). He holds a joint appointment in the Cleveland Clinic Multi-Organ Transplant Center. Dr. Young is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease and holds active medical licensure from the states of California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Dr. Young has participated in more than 150 clinical trials as an investigator and served as the U.S. Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for the HOPE, RESOLVED, SPICE, VMAC, MIRACLE-ICD, RED-HF, ACCLAIM, ONTARGET, TRENSCEND and CHARM multi-centre clinical trials. He has published more than 550 manuscripts and several textbooks. Professionally, Dr. Young gains the greatest satisfaction from his contributions to the development and administration of donor organ procurement programs, his efforts to secure recognition for the emerging cardiology subspecialty of heart failure and cardiac transplant medicine, and his collaborations with basic and clinical scientists.
“We are honoured to have Dr. Young Chair our Scientific Advisory Board. Having previously worked with Dr. Young, I have been inspired by his passion and dedication to cardiovascular medicine,” said David Elsley President & CEO of Cardiol. “Dr. Young has great depth of knowledge of scientific and clinical heart failure research combined with multiple leadership roles in pivotal cardiovascular clinical trials. Given his vast experience, Dr. Young will be in a position to provide invaluable guidance to Cardiol to enable the Company to fulfil its commitment to conquering heart failure.”
“Anti-inflammatory strategies can be of significant benefit to those patients who have not yet advanced to late-stage heart disease, but who are at risk for doing so. I believe Cardiol’s approach to delivering anti-inflammatory molecules to fibrous tissue in the heart has tremendous therapeutic potential and I look forward to contributing to the clinical development of this innovative therapeutic strategy,” said Dr. Young.
About Cardiol Therapeutics
Cardiol Therapeutics, www.cardiolrx.com, is a nanotherapeutics company focused on the research and commercial development of proprietary drug formulations for the treatment of heart failure. The Company is collaborating with researchers and opinion leaders at international centers of excellence to leverage multidisciplinary expertise in drug delivery, drug formulation, nanotherapeutics, cardiac physiology, and heart failure. These research collaborations provide Cardiol with the optimal platform on which to pursue the commercial development of important anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic therapies for heart failure. Heart failure is a chronic condition affecting over six million adults in Canada and the United States and it remains a leading cause of death and hospitalization, with associated healthcare costs exceeding $30 billion annually. Approximately half of all heart failure patients have heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), for which there have been no new therapies developed in over 20 years. Cardiol is developing CTX01, a proprietary nanoformulation of pharmaceutical cannabidiol for the treatment of HFpEF. Cannabidiol has been shown to attenuate cardiac dysfunction in experimental models of diabetic cardiomyopathy and to decrease oxidative stress, fibrosis, and inflammation in other models relevant to HFpEF. CTX01 is designed to optimize and maintain blood levels of cannabidiol and target the drug to areas of inflammation in the heart. Cardiol is also developing CTX02, a proprietary nanoformulation of methotrexate, and CTX03, a proprietary nanoformulation of encapsulated Cyclosporine A (CsA), both for the treatment of heart failure. Additionally, in collaboration with the Company’s exclusive manufacturing partner Dalton Pharma Services, Cardiol is developing unique manufacturing expertise in the production of pharmaceutically-produced cannabinoids. With the de-scheduling of cannabinoids from the Canadian Controlled Drug Substance Act expected to occur during the second half of 2018, Cardiol believes there is a significant opportunity to utilize this manufacturing expertise to produce pharmaceutical cannabinoids for commercial introduction to the growing market for medicinal cannabinoids.