FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Covington, KY – 22 February 2019
Dr. Ray Takigiku, Founder and CEO of Bexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was honored as a finalist in the category of “Entrepreneur” of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier at the 2019 Healthcare Hero Awards Celebration. These annual awards honor individuals and organizations that have improved the quality of health care in Greater Cincinnati through medical expertise, innovative approaches, management skills, entrepreneurial initiatives, community outreach and patient care.
In 2006 Dr. Takigiku founded Bexion Pharmaceuticals, based on a technology platform licensed from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Under Dr. Takigiku’s leadership, Bexion has progressed their lead compound, BXQ-350, from early pre-clinical animal studies to dosing their first patients in a Phase I Safety Trial for the treatment of cancer. Preliminary data from the Phase I study support a very safe and tolerable drug profile.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier and the local community for this award,” stated Dr. Takigiku. “After many years of perseverance, focused commitment and hard work, we have taken this accidental discovery at CCHMC and developed it into a cancer drug that is now in the clinic.”
Dr. Takigiku and his team are aggressively expanding their clinical program with the addition of a Pediatric Phase I Safety study. The first patient is planned to be dosed at CCHMC in late March.
Prior to founding Bexion, Dr. Takigiku was Director of Discovery Core Technologies, Analytical and Bioanalytical for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, and Interim Co-Director of the Genome Research Institute (now Metabolic Diseases Institute) of the College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati.
About Bexion Pharmaceuticals
Bexion Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing BXQ-350, a first-in-class agent composed of the multifunctional, lysosomal activator protein Saposin C and phosphatidylserine. BXQ-350 has demonstrated pre-clinical antitumor effects in vitro and in vivo, particularly in brain and other solid tumors, including those that may lead to brain metastases. Bexion has completed multi-site first-in-human Phase 1 Parts 1 and 2 clinical studies of BXQ-350 for solid tumors and gliomas. A Phase 1 Part 3 expansion phase study is currently enrolling patients.
For more information, visit www.bexionpharma.com.
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