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Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO) Heralds New Era: Meet Sesen Bio


Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) is on the brink of a rebranding transformation. As of tomorrow, this firm will be Eleven no longer, instead assuming a brand new corporate name Sesen Bio, trading under new Nasdaq ticker symbol “SESN.” The old ticker for EBIO will be effective only through market close tonight. Not only is the biotech player soon-to-be Sesen Bio gaining a name, but the firm is likewise adding Hagop Youssoufian, M.Sc., M.D. as senior medical advisor along with Hagop Youssoufian, M.Sc., M.D. Hagop Youssoufian, M.Sc., M.D. as vice president of regulatory affairs to the team.

“Over the last several years, we have undergone an incredible transformation as a company, and our new name, Sesen Bio, reinforces this evolution and our focused commitment to oncology drug development. Sesen, an ancient symbol of the lotus flower, represents life and our mission to bring forward medicines that will improve and preserve the lives of those with devastating cancers,” said Stephen Hurly, president and chief executive officer of Sesen Bio. “The additions of Dr. Youssoufian and Dr. Anant further strengthen our leadership team and drug development capabilities as we work to bring our lead asset, Vicinium™, through Phase 3 development for high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and advance regulatory interactions. 2018 is set to be a significant year for Sesen Bio, as we are well on our way to achieving our vision and bettering the lives of people in need.”

Dr. Youssoufian joins Sesen Bio as senior medical advisor with more than 25 years of physician and drug development experience. He has spent over a decade serving as a consultant to more than 100 biotech companies and investment funds, acting in various roles including chief medical officer, clinical monitor and regulatory officer. In his career, Dr. Youssoufian has led a successful U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee meeting and worked on numerous approved treatments, including Sprycel®, Taxotere®, Erbitux®, Cyramza® and Lartruvo®. Prior to Sesen Bio, Dr. Youssoufian served as chief medical officer for Bind Therapeutics, where he was responsible for all clinical and regulatory programs, including interactions with key opinion leaders, investors and analysts; executive vice president of research and development for Progenics Pharmaceuticals; president of research and development and chief medical officer for Ziopharm Oncology; and chief medical officer at ImClone-Lilly. Dr. Youssoufian earned his M.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a medical oncologist and geneticist and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Anant brings more than 35 years of experience to her role as vice president of regulatory affairs at Sesen Bio. Prior to joining Sesen Bio, she served as the vice president, global regulatory affairs, hospital products for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals where she was responsible for all regulatory activities including, strategy, health authority liaisons and regulatory pathways for development of products. Prior to Mallinckrodt, Dr. Anant served as an independent consultant in numerous roles including, head of regulatory affairs and lead strategist in regulatory affairs, clinical development and medical affairs. Earlier, she served as director, global regulatory sciences, geographic optimization for Bristol-Myers Squibb. There, she led the global regulatory strategies for geographic optimization of mature brands in the cardiovascular, metabolic, anti-infective and oncology therapeutic areas. Dr. Anant earned her Ph.D. from the International University for Professional Studies and her M.Sc. from the Institute of Science in Nagpur, India.

Analyst Ratings

TipRanks indicates two bulls are betting on this drug maker in the last 3 months, showing initial confidence circulating this stock. With a solid return potential of nearly 53%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $5.00.