Karus Therapeutics Strengthens Clinical Leadership Team with Appointment of Dr Hilary McElwaine-Johnn, MD as Chief Medical Officer

Written by: Christelle Kerouedan
Published on: 17 Jul 2019

Oxfordshire, UK – 17 July 2019 – Karus Therapeutics Ltd (‘Karus’), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing precision medicines for cancer, today announced the appointment of Dr Hilary McElwaine-Johnn, MD as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) with immediate effect.

Dr McElwaine-Johnn is a Physician with over 25 years’ experience in drug development, most recently as CMO at cancer gene therapy company PsiOxus. She has a track record in delivering small molecules and biologics through multiple phases of development and across varied therapeutic areas including immunotherapeutics and vaccines for influenza, chronic viral diseases and cancer. Prior to joining PsiOxus in 2015, Hilary was CMO at Vantia Therapeutics (2008-2015) and Vice President Clinical at PowderMed (2004-2008).

Hilary completed her BSc and medical degrees at Imperial College London and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School respectively and is now a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Commenting on the appointment, Tim Edwards, Karus’ Executive Chairman, said:
“Attracting a CMO of Hilary’s calibre to our leadership team, underlines the continued transition that Karus is making from a research-led to clinical-led company. As an experienced CMO with an impressive track record in drug development, Hilary brings new skills to our team, which will be vital as we work towards completing our Phase I studies and progressing our two clinical stage assets into Phase IB/2 trials.”

Dr Hilary McElwaine-Johnn, MD, newly appointed CMO, added:
“I am joining Karus at a particularly exciting time. I see great potential in the two clinical assets, with novel modes of action, which the Company has worked diligently to develop from concept to clinic, as well as its next-generation HDAC6-targeted R&D programme. I look forward to working alongside the existing team, to advance the Company through its next phase, and ultimately to deliver transformative cancer therapeutics to patients.”