CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & SALISBURY, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 2019--
KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KALV), a clinical stage
pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and
commercialization of small molecule protease inhibitors, announced today
that Brian Pereira has been appointed to its Board of Directors
effective February 1, 2019. Dr. Pereira is a veteran biopharmaceutical
and healthcare leader with experience in financing and growing
companies. He has been President & CEO of Visterra Inc. since 2013 and
previously served as President & CEO of AMAG Pharmaceuticals.
“We are delighted to welcome Brian to the KalVista Board of Directors.
His distinguished career and expertise in matters of medicine, clinical
development, and commercial infrastructure will provide an important
perspective to our Board,” said Andrew Crockett, Chief Executive Officer
of KalVista. “We look forward to the experience Brian will bring as we
continue to advance our portfolio of plasma kallikrein inhibitors and
grow KalVista into a late stage development company.”
“I am very pleased to join the KalVista Board and have the opportunity
to work with a group so experienced in the role of plasma kallikrein
inhibition,” said Dr. Brian Pereira. “It is especially exciting to be
involved with such significant advancements for patients as KalVista
works to develop potential oral treatments for hereditary angioedema and
diabetic macular edema.”
Prior to his role at AMAG, Brian held senior roles at Tufts Medical
Center including President and CEO of a Tufts Medical Center Physician
Organization and interim COO. Brian is Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Africa Healthcare Network and of NephroPlus Ltd. He has
previously served on the Board of several private and public companies,
was the Chairman of the Board of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Enterprise
Program and President and Board member of the National Kidney
Foundation. Brian is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Tufts
University School of Medicine and has authored over 200 published
scientific articles. He received his medical degree (MBBS) from St.
John’s Medical College, MD (Medicine) and DM (Nephrology) from the Post
Graduate Institute, and MBA from Kellogg School of Management at
About KalVista Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the
discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule protease
inhibitors for diseases with significant unmet need. The initial focus
is on inhibitors of plasma kallikrein, which is an important component
of the body’s inflammatory response and which, in excess, can lead to
increased vascular permeability, edema and inflammation. KalVista has
developed a proprietary portfolio of novel, small molecule plasma
kallikrein inhibitors initially targeting hereditary angioedema (HAE)
and diabetic macular edema (DME). The Company has created a structurally
diverse portfolio of oral plasma kallikrein inhibitors and is advancing
multiple drug candidates for HAE as well as DME. The Company has
selected KVD900 as its program to be advanced as an on-demand therapy
for HAE attacks, and commenced a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in HAE
patients in late 2018. In DME, KalVista’s most advanced program, an
intravitreally administered plasma kallikrein inhibitor known as KVD001,
began a Phase 2 clinical trial in 2017 that is anticipated to complete
in the second half of 2019.
For more information, please visit www.kalvista.com.
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