NGM Announces Nomination of Roger M. Perlmutter for Election to Its Board of Directors
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NGM) (Nasdaq: NGM), a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing transformative therapeutics for patients, announced today the nomination of Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D., to stand for election to the company’s board of directors at its June 8, 2021 annual meeting of stockholders.
Dr. Perlmutter brings a wealth of expertise in drug discovery and development as a highly accomplished biopharma industry leader and academic with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Perlmutter is currently Chairman of Merck Research Laboratories, and for the previous nearly eight years was executive vice president of Merck & Co. and president of Merck Research Laboratories. While at Merck, Dr. Perlmutter played a pivotal role in the approval and development of numerous lifesaving medicines and, in particular, was responsible for the development of KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), Merck’s breakthrough anti-PD-1 therapy. Prior to Merck, Dr. Perlmutter was executive vice president and head of research and development at Amgen, where he was responsible for the registration of novel therapeutics in the areas of oncology, endocrinology, hematology, inflammation and osteoporosis, including Sensipar®, Prolia® and XGEVA®.
“A true scientific pioneer, Roger’s insights and extensive experience bringing powerful medicines from bench to bedside is ideal for NGM’s biology-driven approach and our mission to deliver life-changing medicines,” said David J. Woodhouse, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at NGM. “We are thrilled with Roger’s nomination and look forward to his many contributions as we advance our diverse clinical pipeline in liver and metabolic diseases, retinal diseases and oncology and continue to operate our highly productive discovery research engine.”
Dr. Perlmutter’s nomination for election as a Class II director will be voted on at NGM’s 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. Jin-Long Chen, Ph.D., NGM’s Founder and Chief Scientific Officer and a current board member, will also stand for re-election as a Class II director. NGM’s other two current Class II directors, David Schnell, M.D., and McHenry (Mac) T. Tichenor, Jr., who have served on our Board of Directors since January 2008 and March 2010, respectively, are resigning from NGM’s Board of Directors, effective upon the expiration of their respective terms at the 2021 annual meeting, and are not standing for reelection.
“As a luminary in our industry, Roger has an extensive track record leading highly productive teams translating breakthrough science into impactful medicines that treat grievous disease. Given the broad range of Roger’s drug discovery and development expertise, we are honored that Roger has agreed to join the NGM board. His recent experience developing Keytruda is an especially powerful match with NGM’s emerging oncology portfolio,” said Bill Rieflin, Executive Chairman at NGM. “On behalf of our Board, I’d also like to thank David and Mac for their decade of devoted service and intellectual contributions to NGM’s evolution.”
“I have dedicated my professional career to developing medicines that improve and extend life, and NGM is fundamentally driven by the same motivation,” said Dr. Perlmutter. “In particular, I have long-admired Dr. Jin-Long Chen, with whom I was privileged to work at Amgen, and I am impressed by the way that his ability to elucidate important new biological principles through careful experimentation has enabled NGM to develop a broad pipeline of innovative therapeutic candidates. As a future member of NGM’s board, I look forward to helping to advance NGM’s mission: to deliver transformative medicines to patients.”
Dr. Perlmutter has served as a director on numerous corporate boards in the U.S. and Europe, and currently serves on the Board of insitro, a privately held machine learning-driven drug discovery and development company.
Prior to assuming leadership roles in the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Perlmutter was a professor in the Departments of Immunology, Biochemistry and Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, and also served as Chairman of its Department of Immunology, where he was at the same time an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Perlmutter was also previously both a Distinguished Fellow and past president of the American Association of Immunologists and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Perlmutter graduated from Reed College in 1973 and received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979.
About NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
NGM is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel therapeutics based on scientific understanding of key biological pathways underlying liver and metabolic diseases, retinal diseases and oncology. We leverage our biology-centric drug discovery approach to uncover novel mechanisms of action and generate proprietary insights that enable us to move rapidly into proof-of-concept studies and deliver potential first-in-class medicines to patients. At NGM, we aspire to operate one of the most productive research and development engines in the biopharmaceutical industry, with multiple programs in clinical development. Visit us at www.ngmbio.com for more information.
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