New appointments follow PepGen’s recent $112.5 million crossover financing to advance therapies for neuromuscular diseases.
Dr Jane Larkindale has dedicated the past 15 years of her career to accelerating the development of therapies for rare diseases, with a focus on neuromuscular diseases. She initially joined PepGen as Senior Director of Clinical Science in April 2021. Dr Larkindale has launched and runs international consortia and other programs that support community and regulatory acceptance of drug development tools, such as databases, disease models, biomarkers and outcome measures. Through her career at several non-profit groups in the neuromuscular disease space, she has worked with large numbers of academic and industry scientists to translate research from discovery through to clinical development and the market. She is a molecular biologist by training, having completed her D.Phil. (PhD.) in the Department of Plant Sciences at Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
Heidi Henson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Pardes Biosciences, Inc. since January 2021 and was previously an advisor to Pardes. She has over 25 years of financial operations experience with both public and private companies. She previously held financial and operational leadership roles at other biotechnology companies including Imbria Pharmaceuticals, Kura Oncology (Nasdaq:KURA), Wellspring Biosciences, Inc. (as well as its parent company Araxes Pharma LLC), and Intellikine Inc., which was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Ms Henson has served as an independent financial consultant for many years assisting companies with various start-up activities for early-stage companies, SEC reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and compliance. Ms Henson also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cend Therapeutics. She began her career in auditing at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and received a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of San Diego.