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Home > Press > Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. Appoints Chief Scientific Officer, Timothy B. Lowinger, Ph.D.

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Mersana, a cancer therapeutics company, announced today that Timothy B. Lowinger, Ph.D., has joined the company as Chief Scientific Officer.

Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. Appoints Chief Scientific Officer, Timothy B. Lowinger, Ph.D.

Cambridge, MA | Posted on February 12th, 2008

"We are thrilled that Tim is now a part of the Mersana team," said Julie A. Olson, President and CEO at Mersana. "His extensive leadership in oncology research and his experience with polymer-based drug systems are an ideal match for Mersana. In addition to the important impact he will have on our newest programs, his contributions toward advancing our lead product, XMT-1001, and our second product, XMT-1107, will be significant."

Dr. Lowinger has over fifteen years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and brings a wealth of international experience to his new role in leading our Research team. From 1993 to 2007, Dr. Lowinger held a number of positions at Bayer Pharmaceuticals in the US, Germany, and Japan, where he contributed to the discovery of more than 15 pre-clinical and clinical candidates in a variety of indications. Most notably, he led the team that discovered and advanced Nexavar(R) (sorafenib), an anti-cancer agent that is approved for indications including renal and hepatocellular cancer, with Phase III studies underway in non-small-cell lung and other cancers. Later, as the VP and Department Head of Chemistry Research in West Haven, he managed a department of scientists in the disciplines of medicinal, analytical, computational, combinatorial and synthetic chemistry, focused on the discovery and clinical proof-of-concept of new therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, diabetes and obesity. He has most recently been VP of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals where he managed a multidisciplinary team of scientists focused on developing polymer-based pharmaceutical products for local administration as well as medical devices incorporating pharmaceutical agents. Dr. Lowinger has a BSc in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

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About Mersana Therapeutics, Inc.
Mersana, a privately held, venture backed company, utilizes its proprietary nanotechnology platform to transform existing and experimental anti-cancer agents into new, patentable drugs with superior pharmaceutical properties. The key component of Mersana's platform is Fleximer(R), a novel, biodegradable and bio-inert polymer that can be chemically linked to small molecules and biologics. Mersana's pipeline includes XMT-1001, a Fleximer-camptothecin conjugate which is currently in Phase 1 clinical trials, and several preclinical oncology compounds. Mersana's investors include Fidelity Biosciences, ProQuest Investments, Rho Ventures, Harris & Harris Group and PureTech Ventures.

Fleximer(R) is a trademark of Mersana Therapeutics, Inc.

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Mersana Therapeutics, Inc.
840 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Tel: 617.498.0020
Fax: 617.498.0109

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