NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:TNXP) (Tonix) today announced the appointment of David L. Grange, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, to the Board of Directors. In addition to his military experiences, Gen. Grange brings expertise in business and government partnerships, as well as experience in clinical and laboratory services. Gen. Grange assumes the seat held by Stuart Davidson, who has stepped down from the position of company director that Mr. Davidson has held since 2011.
“General Grange’s extensive knowledge in veteran affairs, public health, and clinical trials will be of great value to Tonix, as we develop our late-stage candidate, Tonmya®*, for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as additional therapeutic candidates in our diverse pipeline,” said Seth Lederman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Tonix. “We would also like to extend our great thanks to Mr. Davidson for his long service and many contributions as the company has evolved.”
“I am excited to join the Tonix Board and I look forward to using my experience in military service, public service and as a corporate executive in clinical research organizations to further the mission of the company to develop new treatments for PTSD. I believe the potential treatments that Tonix is developing could be valuable for the health and well-being of those who have served our country in the armed forces and also to our Nation’s readiness,” commented Gen. Grange.
“Working with Tonix has been a truly rewarding experience,” commented Stuart Davidson, Managing Partner of Labrador Ventures and Co-Founder and Chairman of Sonen Capital, an impact investment management firm. “I’m pleased to have been a part of Tonix from inception and continue to have high expectations for the company’s future and its development programs.”
Gen. Grange is currently Chief Executive Officer of Pharm-Olam International, Ltd. Prior to joining Pharm-Olam, he was President of Osprey Global Solutions, LLC “OGS”, a Service Disabled Veterans Organization. Gen. Grange served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. “PPDI”, where he oversaw clinical and laboratory operations. Prior to PPDI he served in the McCormick Tribune Foundation for 10 years, most recently as Chief Executive Officer and President, where he also oversaw the support of Veteran Programs. Gen. Grange served 30 years in the U.S. Army as a Ranger, Green Beret, Aviator, Infantryman and a member of special operating units. At the Pentagon, he was Director of Army Current Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization. Gen. Grange commanded the Ranger Regiment and the First Infantry Division (the Big Red One). He holds a master’s degree in Public Service from Western Kentucky University.
*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 a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing pharmaceutical products to treat serious neuropsychiatric conditions and to improve biodefense through developing potential medical counter-measures. Tonix’s lead product candidate, Tonmya, or TNX-102 SL, is in Phase 3 development as a bedtime treatment for PTSD. Tonix is also developing TNX-102 SL as a bedtime treatment for agitation in Alzheimer’s disease and has completed a pre-IND (Investigational New Drug) meeting with the FDA. TNX-601 (tianeptine oxalate) is in the pre-IND application stage, also for the treatment of PTSD but designed for daytime dosing. Tonix’s lead biologic candidate, TNX-801, is a potential smallpox-preventing vaccine based on a live synthetic version of horsepox virus, currently in the pre-IND application stage.
This press release and further information about Tonix can be found at www.tonixpharma.com.
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