ProKidney Appoints Glenn Schulman, PharmD, MPH, as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations
Brings nearly 20 years of investor relations and corporate communications experience to ProKidney
WINSTON-SALEM, N. C., Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProKidney Corp. (Nasdaq: PROK) (“ProKidney”), a leading late clinical-stage cellular therapeutics company focused on chronic kidney disease (CKD), today announced the appointment of Glenn Schulman, PharmD, MPH, as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Dr. Schulman, who will report to Chief Financial Officer James Coulston, joins ProKidney after leading investor relations and corporate communication efforts at a number of early and late-stage Nasdaq-listed biopharmaceutical companies focused on the development of therapies to treat diseases of the immune system and kidneys.
James Coulston, CFO of ProKidney, said: “On behalf of our team, I am excited to welcome Glenn to ProKidney. His scientific expertise, coupled with a deep experience gained from two decades in IR and corporate communications for emerging biotech companies, will be key to our long-term success as a publicly traded company. He has strong relationships throughout the investment community that will be highly beneficial as we work to increase awareness and exposure to our exciting story.”
Prior to joining ProKidney, Dr. Schulman served as Vice President of Investor Relations at X4 Pharmaceuticals. Previous to that, Dr. Schulman was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals; Executive Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Achillion Pharmaceuticals; and Director of Investor Relations and Medical Communications at CuraGen Corporation. In addition to his IR and corporate communications roles, he was a practicing pharmacist for 16 years. Dr. Schulman holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; and a Master’s in Public Health, Health Management from Yale University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in hospital administration at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Schulman added, “Having recently entered the public markets following the business combination between ProKidney and SCS, ProKidney is at an important juncture where effective, proactive communication will be imperative to our capital markets success. I look forward to working closely with James and the rest of this world-class team to help tell our highly compelling story and drive the creation of shareholder value as we continue to advance REACT™ through clinical development.”
ProKidney, a pioneer in the treatment of CKD through innovations in cellular therapy, was founded in 2015 after a decade of research. ProKidney’s lead product candidate, REACT™ (Renal Autologous Cell Therapy), is a first-of-its-kind, patented, autologous cellular therapy with the potential to not only slow and stabilize the progression of CKD, but in some cases possibly drive meaningful improvement in kidney function. Late-stage CKD, Stage 3b - 4, is a key target for REACT™ therapy. REACT™ has received Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation, as well as FDA and EMA guidance, supporting its ongoing Phase 3 clinical program, which launched in January 2022. For more information, visit www.prokidney.com.
There are no therapies that effectively reverse late-stage CKD. CKD is a serious diagnosis with significant morbidity and mortality, notable for the 5-year mortality of a new diagnosis of CKD Stage 4 being higher than that of a new non-metastatic cancer diagnosis. CKD most often presents as a progressive decline in kidney function ultimately resulting in the failure of the kidneys and the need for renal replacement therapy, such as hemodialysis, or kidney transplant. One in three Americans is at risk for CKD which currently affects approximately 75 million people in the United States and Europe and over 400 million across Asia. CKD is among the largest single expenses incurred by the US Health care system.
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