Erik Atkisson was Appointed as Vice President, Legal and Compliance at Acer Therapeutics

Date of management change: May 14, 2019 

What Happened?

Newton, MA-based Acer Therapeutics Appointed Erik Atkisson as Vice President, Legal and Compliance

 

About the Company

Acer Therapeutics is a biotech company, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, that develops repurposed and reformulated medicines for the treatment of ultra-orphan diseases with significant unmet medical needs. Acer`s lead candidate, EDVISO™ (celiprolol), is the first pharmaceutical therapy seeking approval for patients with vascular-type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS). Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of hereditary disorders of connective tissue with no ethnic predisposition. vEDS is a subtype characterized by severe arterial dissections, ruptures and early death. Complications are rare in childhood, but affect 25% of patients before the age of 20, and 80% by the age of 40. Median age of death is estimated to be around 50 years. Patients are diagnosed by clinical symptoms and confirmed by presence of mutations in the COL3A1 gene. There are approximately 2,000 documented patients, but prevalence could be as high as 5,000 patients in the U.S. (Pepin 2014). There are no specific pharmacological treatments for vEDS and medical intervention centers on symptomatic treatment, prophylactic measures and genetic counseling. Acer was awarded orphan drug designation by the FDA in January 2015. Acer`s second candidate, ACER-001, is the first pharmaceutical therapy being developed for patients with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD). MSUD is a devastating genetic disease – an inborn error of amino acid metabolism. Approximately 800 patients suffer from MSUD in the U.S. and 3,000 worldwide. There are no therapeutic options for MSUD and diet is not enough. Despite careful dietary management, the majority of MSUD patients have chronic neurological and social impairment, as well as life-threatening episodes of intoxication. Acer was awarded orphan drug designation by the FDA in August 2014.

 

About the Person

Erik Atkisson is Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel at Cytokinetics. Previously, Erik held various senior legal leadership roles in the industry.

 

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