Lpath, Inc. focuses on the discovery and development of monoclonal antibodies that target bioactive lipids. Numerous lipids that contribute to disease have now been identified through the various efforts of academics and industry. However, the challenge becomes one of generating a compound that neutralizes the relevant bioactive lipid. With its ImmuneY2™ platform technology and robust patent estate, Lpath is uniquely positioned to meet such challenges and exploit these opportunities.
Lpath has leveraged ImmuneY2 and generated monoclonal antibody drug candidates against several bioactive lipids, including sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), leukotrienes (LTs) and others.
Lpath is currently advancing LpathomabTM, a monoclonal antibody against lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a key bioactive lipid that has been recognized to be involved in disorders of the central nervous system (including pain, traumatic brain injury, neurodegeneration), fibrosis, ocular disease and cancer. Lpathomab has demonstrated strong preclinical activity in several animal models of these diseases, including neuropathic pain, diabetic neuropathy, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Lpathomab is currently in a phase 1 clinical trial.
The company is applying ImmuneY2 to other bioactive lipid targets, many of which are involved in important disease processes (e.g. inflammation, cancer, pain, asthma, and others) thereby adding to our pipeline of novel antibody-based drug candidates.
Lpath has a broad and deep intellectual property position in the bioactive lipid area, with over 50 issued or pending patents in the U.S., with corresponding international applications. Most of these patents were developed in-house using our proprietary technologies and expertise.
Gary Atkinson - Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Background: Mr. Atkinson has more than 20 years of financial management experience. Prior to joining Lpath, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for three private life science companies. In addition, Mr. Atkinson was the Vice President of Finance at Isis Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held pharmaceutical research and development company. He began his career with Ernst & Young, where he earned his CPA designation. Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
Dario A. Paggiarino, M.D. - Sr. Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Background: Dr. Paggiarino brings to Lpath more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having directed global development programs in a number of therapeutic areas including ophthalmology, pain, inflammatory conditions, and oncology. Most recently, Dr. Paggiarino served as Vice President and Therapeutic Unit Head for retina diseases at Alcon, a division of Novartis. He also served as Executive Director of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Pfizer Global R&D with focus on global clinical development in glaucoma, diabetic and degenerative retinal diseases, and medical responsibilities for Macugen(R). Earlier in his career, he held R&D positions of increasing responsibility at Angelini Pharmaceuticals, a privately owned company, ultimately serving as president. Later he joined Pharmacia Global R&D where he was clinical program director of ophthalmology with responsibilities for Xalatan(R), the leading glaucoma therapy in the world, and ocular devices such as viscoelastics (Healon(R)) and intraocular lenses (CeeOn(R), Tecnis(R)). Dr. Paggiarino earned his degree in Medicine and General Surgery at the University of Rome La Sapienza and has authored numerous scientific articles.
Gary Woodnutt, Ph.D. - Sr. Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer
Background: Dr. Woodnutt brings to Lpath extensive experience in drug discovery and pharmaceutical research. Prior to joining Lpath, Dr. Woodnutt served as the Vice President, Open Innovation at Pfizer/CovX, but his primary role at CovX, from 2006 to 2012, was as Vice President of Biology Research. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Woodnutt was the Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Research and Development for Diversa Corporation. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry with Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals, where he was employed for more than 20 years and rose to the position of Vice President and Head of Biology in the Antimicrobial and Host Defense Group. Dr. Woodnutt received his Ph.D. in biochemistry/physiology from the University of Reading, and he has authored numerous scientific articles.
Roger Sabbadini, Ph.D. - Vice President, Scientific Founder
Background: Dr. Sabbadini was a Professor of Biology for 32 years at San Diego State University and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Biology. He founded three biotechnology companies, including Lpath, that were incubated out of SDSU. Dr. Sabbadini has been interested in the role of bioactive lipids in various diseases, including cancer, ocular disorders, neurotrauma, neuropathic pain, inflammation and heart disease. Dr. Sabbadini’s research focused on developing novel antibody-based therapeutics against bioactive lipids such as S1P and LPA and these antibodies have been advanced into human clinical trials. Dr. Sabbadini earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.
Leigh Hsu, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy
Background: Dr. Hsu has more than 15 years of business experience in the biotech industry. Prior to Lpath, he held positions of increasing responsibility at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals and Collateral Therapeutics (which became a subsidiary of Schering AG, now Bayer). Dr. Hsu played a key role in Lpath's $517 million licensing deal with Pfizer for iSONEP™, and has extensive deal experience with organizations like Wyeth and GE Healthcare, as well as with several academic and research organizations, including the University of California, the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and the Veterans Medical Research Foundation. He has published numerous scientific papers, primarily in the area of the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Hsu received his Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.