CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NVIV), a drug delivery company with a focus on technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI) and neurotrauma conditions, today announced that Lou Vaickus, MD has been appointed as interim Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective October 15, 2013, for a period of one year.
Currently, Dr. Vaickus is President of akta Pharmaceutical Development LLC. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Head, Clinical Development, Global Medicines Development and Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Vertex, Dr. Vaickus was CMO of Tolerx, Inc. from 2002 to 2011. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and R&D at Sunovion (formerly Sepracor) from 1998 to 2002, and as Medical Director at EMD Serono (formerly Ares Serono) from 1993 to 1998. In these roles, Dr. Vaickus successfully led the development of products in multiple therapeutic areas.
Michael Astrue, the interim CEO of InVivo, stated, “We are excited to have Dr. Vaickus join us at this critical juncture in the company’s development. With his judgment and experience, he will help us bring our scaffold product into the clinic, he will help us define the best opportunities for our hydrogel technology, and he will help us enter into the types of partnerships that create value for a successful drug delivery company.”
Eric Woodard, MD will continue his longstanding relationship with InVivo as a consultant and member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
About InVivo Therapeutics
InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. focuses on utilizing polymers as a platform technology to develop treatments for serious diseases and conditions, including improving function in individuals paralyzed as a result of traumatic spinal cord injury. The Company was founded in 2005 with proprietary technology co-invented by Robert Langer, ScD., Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Joseph P. Vacanti, M.D., who is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2011 the Company earned the David S. Apple Award from the American Spinal Injury Association for its outstanding contribution to spinal cord injury medicine. The publicly traded company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. For more details, visit, www.invivotherapeutics.com.
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