Lexaria Bioscience Corp. announced that Catherine Turkel, PharmD, PhD, has joined the board of directors of Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
"It is a pleasure to join the Lexaria Board of Directors at such an exciting time in the Company's evolution," said Dr. Turkel. "I look forward to working with the leadership team and the Board as they continue the development of DehydraTECH technology into a broad range of drug products for potential use in several important therapeutic areas."
Dr. Turkel has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in start-up and mid-size pharma/biotech companies. She was the Founder and CEO of Nezee Therapeutics and served as President and R&D head at Novus Therapeutics (renamed Eledon Pharmaceuticals). She currently acts as an independent Board Director at Object Pharma (private) and Prostate Cancer Research (nonprofit; member of the Translational Scientific Advisory Committee) and is a Dean Advisor at Chapman University School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Turkel has formulated Food and Drug Administration registration and commercial strategic plans and has led global development programs for pharmaceutical and biologic treatments from phase 1 through phase 4 related to Neurosciences, Pain, Cardiovascular, Psychiatry, Rare Diseases, Ophthalmology, Aesthetics, Urology, and Otology therapeutic areas. Dr. Turkel designed and led Allergan's (now AbbVie) pioneering BOTOX Chronic Migraine registration program, generating revenue of more than a billion dollars.
"Lexaria is delighted to welcome Dr. Turkel as we continue to position the Company for advancement following our recent successful pre-IND meeting with the Food and Drug Administration," said Chris Bunka, Chairman of the Board of Lexaria. "Catherine's practical development and regulatory expertise will be of increasing value to Lexaria, and we look forward to working with her."