RenovoRx Appoints James Ahlers as Chief Financial Officer
LOS ALTOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RenovoRx, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNXT), a biopharmaceutical company and innovator in targeted cancer therapy, today announces the appointment of James Ahlers as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective July 15, 2022 , and the addition of Ronald B. Kocak as Vice President and Controller of RenovoRx. Mr. Ahlers replaces Christopher J. Lehman, who joined RenovoRx in its initial public offering and is looking for a new business opportunity.
Mr. Ahlers is an accomplished financial leader with more than 25 years of experience building life sciences companies, both public and private. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. and held senior financial positions at Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Ansan Pharmaceuticals Inc. In addition, Mr. Ahlers has provided consulting services to several public and private companies in the life sciences. During his career, he has managed capital raising transactions, including IPOs, which have raised over $2 billion. Additionally, he has developed and implemented international operations and global tax strategies. Since December 2021, Mr. Ahlers has served as a consulting CFO and provides financial advisory services through Danforth Advisors, LLC, a company that provides strategic and operational finance and accounting advisory services to life sciences companies. . He assumes his role at RenovoRx as a consultant through Danforth. Mr. Ahlers holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Kocak is a seasoned financial reporting and accounting professional with extensive experience in public life sciences companies. Mr. Kocak has been Acting Controller of RenovoRx in a consulting capacity since October 2021. Prior to joining RenovoRx, Mr. Kocak was Controller and Chief Financial Officer at Sensei Biotherapeutics, Inc., where he successfully led financial and accounting activities , including computer operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Duquesne University and a CPA license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Kocak is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers, and a Certified Global Management Accountant.
“On behalf of our team, we thank Chris for his contributions,” said Shaun Bagai, CEO of RenovoRx. “Chris has played a key role in RenovoRx’s transition to a new public company, and we have benefited from his experience and dedication to our mission and goals. We wish Chris well as he transitions to his next chapter.
Mr. Bagai added, “As our team looks to the future, we are focused on expanding our clinical development pipeline, exploring other potential indications for our innovative therapeutic platform and creating a sustainable infrastructure to support our continued growth. We will look to James and Ron’s collective and extensive experience in finance, strategy and operations to support us in pursuing these goals.
Mr. Ahlers commented, “RenovoRx is uniquely positioned in the field of oncology with a potentially disruptive therapeutic platform to treat pancreatic and other solid tumors. The company’s lead candidate is in late-stage clinical development with two orphan drug designations, one for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and the other for biliary tract cancer. I am excited to join the company at this point in its trajectory and eager to use my experience to support the team as we work to bring the RenovoTAMP™ therapy platform into other clinical indications.
About RenovoRx, Inc.
RenovoRx is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on fighting cancer through the localized treatment of difficult-to-treat tumors through its proprietary RenovoRx Trans-Arterial Micro-Perfusion (RenovoTAMP) technology.MT) therapy platform. RenovoTAMP uses approved chemotherapeutic agents with validated mechanisms of action and well-established safety and side-effect profiles, with the goal of increasing their efficacy, improving their safety and expanding their therapeutic window. RenovoRx’s lead product candidate, RenovoGemMTis a combination of gemcitabine and our proprietary delivery system, RenovoCath®, and is regulated by the FDA as a new oncology drug to treat unresectable locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). RenovoGem is currently being studied in the Phase 3 TIGeR-PaC trial for the treatment of LAPC.
RenovoRx’s patent portfolio includes seven US patents for its technology. RenovoRx has received orphan drug designation for the intra-arterial administration of gemcitabine for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and biliary tract cancer.
RenovoRx won the Drug Delivery Technology category of the Fierce Innovation Awards – Life Sciences Edition 2020 for its RenovoTAMP technology.
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