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Coulter Partners. (5/26/21). "Press Release: Coulter Partners Secures Chief Executive Officer for Azitra".

Organisations Organisation Coulter Partners (The Coulter Partnership Ltd.)
  Organisation 2 Azitra Inc.
Product Product  synthetic biotechnology
Persons Person Salva, Francisco (Azitra 202105– CEO before Complexa + Acerta Pharma + Pharmacyclics)
  Person 2 James, Alison (Coulter Partners 201712 Director PR + Marketing)
     


Coulter Partners was delighted to partner again with Azitra Inc., to secure the appointment of Francisco Salva as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Salva most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Complexa, a clinical stage company developing innovative therapies for fibrotic and inflammatory diseases. Azitra is the first synthetic biology company focused on discovering and developing therapies to address serious skin conditions by harnessing the microbiome.

“Azitra’s microbial dermatology platform is at the forefront of one of the most dynamic areas of synthetic biology. The company’s scientific groundwork offers the potential to leverage the multitude of mechanistic signaling pathways developed by microbes over thousands of years of evolution,” said Mr. Salva. “The company has a strong foundation in place, backed by intriguing science, talented people, and a clinically ready pipeline. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Azitra into the next stage of development.”

Mr. Salva brings to Azitra a proven dedication to building companies, including over a decade in biopharmaceutical executive leadership and a decade in life science venture capital and investment banking. His growth-oriented experience transcends numerous business functions, including corporate finance, business development, portfolio management and clinical operations.

Prior to Complexa, Mr. Salva was a Founder and Vice President of Operations at Acerta Pharma, which successfully developed acalabrutinib, a second generation Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor, prior to being acquired by AstraZeneca for $4 billion to date (expected total consideration of over $6 billion). Before Acerta Pharma, Mr. Salva served as Senior Director of Corporate Development at Pharmacyclics, where he participated in the strategic turnaround of the company that reprioritized focus and efforts on ibrutinib, a key driver of AbbVie’s $21 billion acquisition of the company.

“Using synthetic biology over the last four years, we’ve built Azitra into a leading company in the microbiome space. Central to this has been the building blocks of strong science and a great team,” said Rick Andrews, the company’s retiring CEO. “Francisco is the right person to lead Azitra into its next stage of growth.”

“As CEO and President, Rick has done an amazing job transforming Azitra from a research-oriented firm into a clinical-stage company. We wish Rick the best in his retirement,” said Travis Whitfill, Co-founder, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Chair, Scientific Advisory Board at Azitra. “We are excited to bring in Francisco’s remarkable experience and leadership. His appointment represents a progression and enhancement of the Azitra mission, and we once again thank Coulter Partners for their professional support in achieving this.”


About Azitra

Azitra, Inc. is a synthetic biology, clinical-stage, dermatology company that combines the power of the microbiome with cutting-edge genetic engineering to treat skin disease. The company was founded in 2014 by scientists from Yale University and works with world-leading scientists in dermatology, microbiology, and genetic engineering to advance its biopharmaceutical programs to treat cancer therapy associated skin rashes, targeted orphan indications, and atopic dermatitis. Learn more at http://www.azitrainc.com


About Coulter Partners

Coulter Partners is a board and senior level executive search specialist focussed exclusively on global Life Sciences. From our offices in the UK, North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe we work together across boundaries and disciplines to build outstanding leadership teams for our clients in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, health tech, CRO and services sectors. Our industry leading reputation is founded on deep sector knowledge and innovative thinking. Our strategy is built on a unique team culture and true global reach. Our goal is to bring you the world’s best talent.


Contact:

Alison James
Director, PR and Marketing
Coulter Partners
020 3167 0345
a.james@coulterpartners.com
www.coulterpartners.com

   
Record changed: 2021-06-11

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