CTI BioPharma names new CEO
CTI BioPharma Corp. (CTI BioPharma) (NASDAQ and MTA: CTIC) today announced the appointment of Adam Craig, M.D., Ph.D., as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors effective March 20, 2017. Dr. Craig succeeds Richard Love, interim President and CEO who will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Craig has over 20 years of experience in hematology, oncology and drug development in both the US and Europe.
“On behalf of CTI BioPharma’s Board, I am pleased that Adam has joined as the next President and CEO as his leadership in hematology/oncology clinical development and our experience working with him over the last several months make him the right person to lead the company forward,” said Richard Love, interim President and CEO and board member. “I am confident in Adam’s ability to advance the company’s candidates forward, execute the strategic plan to improve the lives of patients with blood related cancers, and enhance shareholder value.”
Dr. Craig has worked as an independent consultant providing strategic and operational advice and support to CTI BioPharma and other hematology/oncology biotechnology companies since 2016. Prior to consulting, Dr. Craig was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Executive Vice President of Development of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals from 2012 to 2016. From 2008 to 2012, Dr Craig was CMO and Senior Vice President of Chemgenex Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a publicly-traded biotechnology company which was acquired by Cephalon/Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2011.
Dr. Craig is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and undertook Post-Graduate Training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Craig earned his Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology from Leeds University in the U.K. and an MBA from the Open Business School, in the United Kingdom. Dr. Craig recently served as a Product Development Reviewer for the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.
While working with the company over the past few months, Dr. Craig has assisted with the analysis of pacritinib data and correspondence with both the Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency.