NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:TNXP) (Tonix), a company in Phase 3 development of Tonmya®* (cyclobenzaprine HCI sublingual tablets), or TNX-102 SL, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-designated Breakthrough Therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and in various development stages for other innovative pharmaceutical and biological products, today announced the appointment of Margaret Smith Bell to the Board of Directors. Ms. Bell has over 18 years of experience in healthcare equities portfolio management and research.
“We are pleased to announce the recruitment of Ms. Bell to our board of directors. Ms. Bell’s experience in healthcare finance, investing and research adds to the broad expertise of our board,” said Seth Lederman, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Tonix. “Her joining comes at a key period of value creation as we move toward Phase 3 interim data in the first half of 2018.”
“I am excited to contribute to the efforts of Tonix, a global leader in developing therapeutics to treat posttraumatic stress disorder,” commented Ms. Bell. “I look forward to helping the company at this critical time as it moves forward with the development Phase 3 of Tonmya and its additional pipeline programs.”
Margaret Smith Bell was a Vice President at Standard Life Investments where she was a portfolio manager and health care equity analyst. Previously, Ms. Bell was a Managing Director at Putnam Investments, and served as a senior health care analyst and a portfolio manager of the Putnam Health Sciences Trust. Ms. Bell’s healthcare experience also includes equity research positions with State Street Research and Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc. Ms. Bell is a past member of the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ms. Bell holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
*Tonmya has been conditionally accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the proposed trade name for TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets) for PTSD. TNX-102 SL is an investigational new drug and has not been approved for any indication.
About Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp.
Tonix is developing innovative pharmaceutical and biological products to address major public health challenges. In addition to Tonmya for PTSD, Tonix is developing TNX-601 (tianeptine oxalate), a clinical candidate at pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) application stage, designed as a daytime treatment for PTSD and TNX-801, a live synthetic version of horsepox virus, at the pre-IND application stage, to be developed as a potential smallpox-preventing vaccine.
This press release and further information about Tonix can be found at www.tonixpharma.com.
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