SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIA Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: VIAP), a biotechnology company focused on the development of compounds for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, today announced the expansion of its clinical advisory board. Joining the clinical advisory board's chair, Marc Pfeffer, M.D., Ph.D., Dzau Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Senior Physician, Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, and Jean-Claude Tardif, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Montreal, and Director of Research, Montreal Heart Institute, are Marcelo Di Carli, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, and Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Robert Fenichel, M.D., Ph.D, Former Deputy Division Director, Division of CardioRenal Drug Products, Food and Drug Administration; Peter Libby, M.D., Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, and Chief, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and, Jean-Lucien Rouleau, M.D., Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal.
"The addition of these well-respected physicians to VIA's clinical advisory board comes at an important time in our history," said Larry Cohen, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of VIA. "As we prepare for the release of Phase II clinical trial data in the middle of 2008, our clinical advisory board will provide independent medical, scientific, and regulatory guidance in supporting our efforts to advance VIA-2291 as a treatment of cardiovascular disease."
VIA's lead product candidate, VIA-2291, is a small molecule drug that
targets inflammation in the blood vessel wall, a primary disease process in
atherosclerosis. VIA-2291 is a potent, selective and reversib
|SOURCE VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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