VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pascal Biosciences, Inc. (“Pascal” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:PAS), a biotechnology company that specializes in cancer drug discovery and development, today announced the appointment of Dr. Graeme I. Bell to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Bell received his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Calgary and his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently the Kovler Family Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine, and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Bell is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. For his pioneering work on the genetics of diabetes, he was awarded the 2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award, the highest scientific honor from the American Diabetes Association. This prize is awarded annually in memory of the Canadian medical scientist Sir Frederick Banting, Nobel laureate who was one of the key investigators that discovered insulin.
“Dr. Bell is an exceptional medical scientist, and we are very pleased to have him join our Board,” said Dr. Patrick Gray, CEO of Pascal. “In addition to his distinguished and decorated career in medicine, Dr. Bell’s work has been the focus of entrepreneurial biotech startups. His significant insights will be invaluable as we develop novel therapeutics for cancer and advance these through clinical development.”
Dr. Bell has been honored with numerous additional awards recognizing his seminal contributions to the understanding of diabetes and metabolic disease. He gained recognition early in his career for the cloning of the human insulin gene, a landmark achievement that paved the way for the production of recombinant insulin. Demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit, he became a founding scientist at Chiron, a leading biotechnology company that was later acquired by Novartis. He has also been a founder and advisor for other biotech startups.
This appointment is subject to the TSXV approval.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Patrick W. Gray, President & CEO
Dr. Patrick Gray
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