On July 31, 2018 Histogenics Corporation (Histogenics) (Nasdaq:HSGX), a leader in the development of restorative cell therapies (RCTs) that may offer rapid-onset pain relief and restored function, reported the appointment of E. Lynne Kelley, M.D., FACS as its Chief Medical Officer (Press release, Histogenics, JUL 31, 2018, View Source;p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2360905 [SID1234528656]). Dr. Kelley brings more than 20 years of executive management and surgical experience in medical affairs, clinical operations, regulatory affairs and product development to Histogenics. Dr. Kelley will join Histogenics’ executive team and assume responsibility for leading medical affairs strategy and building out the department in anticipation of NeoCart’s potential commercial launch. Dr. Kelley will also work with the team on preparing the anticipated Biologics License Application (BLA) for NeoCart and spearheading related discussions with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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"Lynne’s experience as a surgeon, medical affairs executive and educator across a wide variety of therapeutic areas and indications will be critical for Histogenics as we prepare for our top-line data, potential BLA submission and FDA review of NeoCart," stated Adam Gridley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Histogenics. "We are pleased to have Lynne join us at this exciting time to educate our customers and patients about the benefits of our novel restorative cell therapy platform through training, medical education and collaboration with our future commercial team. In addition, she will be working closely with our team to help drive additional product development initiatives, such as future trials in the U.S. and internationally."
Dr. Kelley is a board certified general and vascular surgeon having received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her Residency in General Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. During her training she was awarded an NIH-sponsored basic science research grant at Harvard Medical School. She completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and was awarded the Marco Polo Fellowship providing advance training in Endovascular Surgery at the University Paris Hospital, Henri Mondor. Dr. Kelley also received a B.A. in Biology from Boston University. Prior to Histogenics, Dr. Kelley held various medical affairs roles within the industry including: Chief Medical Officer at Senseonics, World Wide Vice President of Medical Affairs at Becton Dickinson & Company Medical Surgical Systems Division, Vice President and Medical Director at Kimberly Clark, and Medical Director at Boston Scientific Corporation’s (Boston Scientific) Peripheral Interventions and Vascular Surgery division. Prior to her work at Boston Scientific, Dr. Kelley was an assistant professor of vascular surgery and radiology at Yale University.
"I am thrilled to join the talented, cutting edge team at Histogenics. The potential of NeoCart in restoring function and thus improving the lives of patients with debilitating joint pain is extraordinary," shared Dr. Kelley. "I look forward to collaborating with the physician community globally to bring this exciting therapy to our patients."
In connection with the hiring of Dr. Kelley, the Compensation Committee of Histogenics’ Board of Directors approved a grant to Dr. Kelley of a stock option to purchase 200,000 shares of Histogenics’ common stock. The option was granted pursuant to the Nasdaq inducement grant exception as a component of Dr. Kelley’s employment compensation, and was granted as an inducement material to her acceptance of employment with Histogenics in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The option will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of Histogenics’ common stock on July 31, 2018. The option has a ten year term and vests with respect to 25% of the shares of common stock underlying the option on the one year anniversary of Dr. Kelley’s first day of employment with Histogenics and with respect to the remaining shares in equal monthly installments over the following 36 months, subject to Dr. Kelley’s continued service with Histogenics through the applicable vesting dates.