Zentalis Pharmaceuticals appoints Dr. Jan Skvarka to its


NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zentalis™ Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of clinically differentiated small molecule therapeutics targeting pathways fundamental biology of cancers, today announced the appointment of Jan Skvarka, PhD, MBA to its Board of Directors. Dr. Skvarka is an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive who brings more than three decades of deep operational, strategic and financial expertise to Zentalis.

“We are delighted to welcome Jan, an experienced life sciences executive, to our Board of Directors,” said Dr. Kimberly Blackwell, President and CEO of Zentalis. “As a two-time CEO of clinical-stage companies, Jan has an extremely impressive track record of generating highly promising data, resetting and executing clinical priorities, and developing relationships with key players. Of the industry. Jan’s depth of experience will be invaluable as we advance the development of our potentially best-in-class lead candidates and create value for all of our stakeholders. »

Dr. Skvarka is currently Executive Chairman of GentiBio, Inc. and DEM BioPharma, Inc. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trillium Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, where he led a highly successful 360-degree business transformation that produced a leading CD47 drug candidate, propelling Trillium from a $16 million market cap to a $2.3 billion acquisition by Pfizer Inc. In two years. Prior to Trillium, Dr. Skvarka served as President and CEO of Tal Medical, a private clinical-stage neuromodulation company, where he developed and executed the company’s strategy, built an accomplished management team, and oversaw its program. of clinical development. He has also held positions of increasing responsibility at Bain & Company, most recently as a partner, and was a senior member of the Bain Healthcare Practice, with a focus on life sciences. Dr. Skvarka holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“I am delighted to join the passionate team of Zentalis at this pivotal moment in the company’s trajectory,” said Dr. Skvarka. “Zentalis has built a strong scientific base, and I believe its lead oncology candidates, ZN-c3 and ZN-d5, have broad therapeutic and commercial potential. I look forward to working with the leadership team as they execute the company’s strategic corporate and clinical goals to bring differentiated and transformational oncology therapies to patients.

About Zentalis Pharmaceuticals

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental cancer pathways. The company is developing a broad pipeline of potentially best-in-class oncology candidates, all discovered in-house, which include ZN-c3, a Wee1 inhibitor for advanced solid tumors, ZN-d5, a BCL-2 inhibitor for hematologic malignancies and related disorders and a heterobifunctional degrader of BCL-xL for solid and hematological malignancies. The Company has licensed ZN-c3, ZN-d5 and ZN-c5 to its joint venture Zentera Therapeutics, Ltd., to develop and commercialize these candidates in China. Zentalis has operations in New York and San Diego.

For more information, visit www.zentalis.com. Follow Zentalis on Twitter at @ZentalisP and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/zentalis-pharmaceuticals.

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