Seasoned Clinical Leader Brings Deep Experience in Drug Development, Including Approval of an Oligonucleotide Therapy in Neuromuscular Disease
WALTHAM, Mass., March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dyne Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: DYN), a muscle disease company focused on advancing innovative life-transforming therapeutics for people living with genetically driven diseases, today announced the appointment of Wildon Farwell, M.D., MPH, as chief medical officer. Dr. Farwell brings expertise in clinical development and medical affairs in neuromuscular diseases and oligonucleotide therapies.
“Wildon brings tremendous clinical experience and has played a leading role in the development of multiple oligonucleotide therapies, including one approved for a rare neuromuscular disease,” said Joshua Brumm, president and chief executive officer of Dyne. “He will be instrumental in engaging with global regulatory agencies, key clinicians, investigators and patient communities. Wildon’s appointment further strengthens Dyne’s clinical and medical expertise as we advance our three programs toward the clinic and exemplifies our commitment to building the world’s leading muscle disease company.”
Dr. Farwell joins Dyne from Biogen, Inc., where he was vice president, global head of neuromuscular diseases, medical affairs. During his 10 years at Biogen, Dr. Farwell led the development and life cycle management of SPINRAZA® (nusinersen), an oligonucleotide and the first therapy approved for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy. He also led the late-stage development of tofersen, an investigational oligonucleotide therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, oversaw clinical and biomarker development for Biogen’s neuromuscular disease portfolio, and began his tenure at the company leading pharmacovigilance for multiple product candidates. Previously, Dr. Farwell was an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System. He received his M.D. from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and an MPH in clinical effectiveness from Harvard University School of Public Health.
“I’ve seen firsthand the profound impact that new therapies for diseases with few or no treatment options can have on patients, and Dyne has an exciting opportunity to make a difference for people living with rare muscle diseases,” said Dr. Farwell. “I’m thrilled to be a part of a company leading a differentiated approach to delivering therapeutics to muscle and to join at an important time when we are laser focused on progressing our DM1, DMD and FSHD programs to clinical trials.”
About Dyne Therapeutics
Dyne Therapeutics is building a leading muscle disease company dedicated to advancing innovative life-transforming therapeutics for people living with genetically driven diseases. With its proprietary FORCE™ platform, Dyne is developing modern oligonucleotide therapeutics that are designed to overcome limitations in delivery to muscle tissue seen with other approaches. Dyne’s broad portfolio of therapeutic candidates for serious muscle diseases includes programs for myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). For more information, please visit https://www.dyne-tx.com/, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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