Nobel Laureate, Rod MacKinnon, M.D., Joins Flex Pharma’s Board of Directors
(Click to Tweet this News) Flex Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLKS) , a biotechnology company that is developing innovative and proprietary treatments for nocturnal leg cramps and spasms associated with severe neuromuscular conditions, today announced that Nobel Laureate and Scientific Co-Founder, Rod MacKinnon, M.D., has joined its Board of Directors. In addition, Scientific Co-Founder, Bruce Bean, Ph.D., will join the Board as an observer based upon his significant contributions and ongoing involvement with the Company’s development efforts.
Dr. MacKinnon was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 for his work determining the structure of ion channels and showing the mechanism by which they select for particular ions (Doyle, et al., The Structure of the Potassium Channel: Molecular Basis of K+ Conduction and Selectivity, April 1998, Science). His work serves as the foundation of Flex Pharma’s approach to preventing muscle cramping. Dr. MacKinnon is Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics at the Rockefeller University, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Bean, Flex Pharma Scientific Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, where he oversees a leading research laboratory studying the biophysics of sodium, calcium and potassium ion signaling in relation to pain processing.
“As a Scientific Co-Founder, I am thrilled to join the Board of Flex Pharma and look forward to further advancing the translation of our novel insights into treatments that can help the many individuals suffering from cramps and spasms associated with a broad range of neuromuscular disorders,” commented Rod MacKinnon, M.D., Nobel Laureate and Flex Pharma Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
“The Board of Flex Pharma is privileged to work with world class physicians and scientists, such as Dr. MacKinnon and Dr. Bean, whose amazing scientific insights appear to have solved a long-standing medical mystery, unraveling the cause of muscle cramping, thereby providing a potential solution for athletes and patients who suffer from muscle cramps,” said Flex Pharma Board member and investor, John Sculley, former CEO of Pepsi and Apple.
About Flex Pharma
Flex Pharma, Inc. is a biotechnology company that is developing innovative and proprietary treatments for nocturnal leg cramps and spasms associated with severe neuromuscular conditions. In three randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies, Flex Pharma’s proprietary treatment has shown a statistically significant reduction in the intensity of muscle cramps in healthy normal volunteers.
Flex Pharma was founded by National Academy of Science members Rod MacKinnon, M.D. (2003 Nobel Laureate), and Bruce Bean, Ph.D., recognized leaders in the fields of ion channels and neurobiology, along with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D.
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