AveXis Inc. Names Director of Clinical Operations and Research
Dallas, TX, August 21, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- AveXis Inc. (avexisinc.com), a synthetic biology platform company, today announced Minna Du as the company’s Director of Clinical Operations and Research.
This is a critical position within the company, as AveXis is focused on research/development of technology for disease treatment. Specifically, AveXis’ first focus is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the most common genetic cause of infant mortality in the world, and one for which there currently is no medical treatment.
Ms. Du has a scientific research background through positions with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Notably, her clinical experience from her previous position includes data analysis and initiation of Phase I clinical trials.
From MIT, Ms. Du received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical-biological engineering and biology with minors in management science and economics. Ms. Du joins her identical twin, Mindy, on the AveXis team.
“I’m happy to have Minna join AveXis at this stage. She brings the ideal set of skills at the perfect time for our company. It is also an added benefit to have Minna working side-by-side with her talented sister,” said John A. Carbona, Chief Executive Officer.
For more information about AveXis: 1-855-9-AVEXIS or avexisinc.com.
About Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal-recessive genetic disorder characterized by progressive weakness of the lower motor neurons. SMA is caused by a genetic defect in the SMN1 gene which codes SMN, a protein necessary for survival of motor neurons. SMA kills more infants than any other genetic disease in today's world.
About AveXis Inc.
Based in Dallas, Texas, AveXis is a synthetic biology platform company establishing unique industry alliances to create innovative treatments for people with unmet medical needs. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the company’s first focus.
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