Axcella Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AXLA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering a new approach to treat complex diseases using multi-targeted endogenous metabolic modulator (EMM) compositions, today announced the appointment of Robert Crane as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.
“Bob brings a wealth of life sciences experience to Axcella at an important and exciting juncture in the company’s evolution,” said Axcella President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Hinshaw. “We look forward to benefiting from his financial acumen, operational mindset and deep understanding of corporate value drivers as we approach multiple clinical readouts this year and the opportunity to scale our platform.”
Mr. Crane brings to Axcella over 35 years of experience building therapeutics, diagnostics and medical device companies. Following his role as a partner of the venture capital firm Montgomery Ventures, he has served as CFO and in senior leadership roles for a number of public and private life sciences companies. Over the course of his career, Mr. Crane has helped raise more than a billion dollars in capital via IPOs, follow-on offerings and business development initiatives while also creating billions in value for investors and many successful exits. Among his past companies are I-STAT (sold to Abbott), InKine (sold to Salix), Pyxis Oncology (NASDAQ: PYXS), Seragen, Inc. (sold to Ligand Pharmaceuticals), Sirtris Pharmaceuticals (sold to GSK), T-SCAN (NASDAQ: TSCN), and Taris Biomedical (sold to Allergan and J&J). Mr. Crane was also Chairman of the American Bicycle Group, a preeminent manufacturer of high-end bicycles. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I found Axcella to be particularly compelling given its three advanced clinical programs, all of which are in indications with significant unmet needs,” said Mr. Crane. “Later this year, the company expects to share clinical data that will further elucidate our potential to create a new treatment paradigm for complex diseases while simultaneously offering investors the opportunity for significant appreciation. It is rare to encounter a company with so much potential upside and a platform to fuel future growth.”
About Axcella Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AXLA)
Axcella is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering a new approach to treat complex diseases using endogenous metabolic modulator (EMM) compositions. The company’s product candidates are comprised of EMMs and derivatives that are engineered in distinct combinations and ratios to restore cellular homeostasis in multiple key biological pathways and improve cellular energetic efficiency. Axcella’s pipeline includes lead therapeutic candidates in Phase 2 development for the reduction in risk of overt hepatic encephalopathy (OHE) recurrence, the treatment of Long COVID, and the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The company’s unique model allows for the evaluation of its EMM compositions through non-IND clinical studies or IND clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.axcellatx.com.
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