4D hires a trio of area heads as it ramps up its gene therapy pipeline

4D hires a trio of area heads as it ramps up its gene therapy pipeline

4D Molecular Therapeutics raised $75 million in June to get several gene therapy programs into and through the clinic. Now, it’s adding a trio of executives to spearhead its work in heart, eye and lung diseases as it looks to shepherd treatments in those focus areas forward.

Robert Fishman, M.D. becomes 4D’s chief medical officer and therapeutic area head for pulmonology. He joins from Xoc Pharmaceuticals, where as chief medical officer he led phase 1 development for programs in Parkinson’s disease and migraine. Before that, he headed clinical development at InterMune, overseeing the pivotal trial of Esbriet, an idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis drug now marketed by Roche.

Raphael Schiffmann, M.D., signs on as senior vice president and therapeutic area head for 4D’s cardiology stable. He was previously director of the Institute of Metabolic Disease at the Baylor Research Institute and the lead investigator of the developmental and metabolic neurology branch at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Robert Kim, M.D., joins 4D as a senior vice president and clinical therapeutic area head of ophthalmology. He’s held multiple chief medical officer roles at ViewPoint Therapeutics, Apellis Pharma and Vision Medicines, and earlier in his career worked in ophthalmology at GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech and Novartis.

The three executives arrive six months after 4D topped up its coffers with a $75 million series C round. The capital, which came two years after a $90 million B round, was earmarked to push three programs into the clinic, including two that are partnered with Roche.

Those programs include 4D-310, a treatment for Fabry disease in which patients’ cells accumulate a type of fat called globotriaosylceramide, and 4D-125, a treatment for the eye disease X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. Roche has the exclusive right to develop and commercialize the latter. Roche has licensed the third prospect, 4D-110, a treatment for a type of vision loss called choroideremia.

The funds will also bankroll the development of 4D’s preclinical pipeline, including IND-enabling studies for 4D-710, a program in cystic fibrosis, and other candidates for neuromuscular diseases and ophthalmology.

“With the addition of Robert Fishman, Raphael Schiffmann and Robert Kim to our clinical R&D leadership team, 4DMT gains not only extensive experience in clinical development and translational medicine, but also unique and specific experience within each of the initial 4DMT therapeutic areas,” said 4D CEO David Kim, M.D., in a statement.

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