Mark Rimkus Appointed VP of Clinical Affairs and Dr. Abdi Ghaffari Appointed VP of Research
Appointments Add Decades of Nitric Oxide Experience to Team
NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AIT Therapeutics Inc. (OTC:AITB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing inhaled Nitric Oxide (NO) for the treatment of patients with serious lung infections and pulmonary hypertension, today announced the appointment of two new executive team members. Mark Rimkus joins AIT as Vice President of Clinical Affairs and will assist the company in areas such as clinical trial management, quality systems development, device design and device testing. Dr. Abdi Ghaffari joins AIT as Vice President of Research and will provide the company with pre-clinical and scientific expertise to develop the NO therapeutics platform.
“These appointments announced today mark another significant step in AIT’s transformation into a company with approved therapies to help patients,” said Steve Lisi, Chairman and CEO of AIT. “We are pleased to add both Mark and Abdi to the AIT team, both of whom bring a wealth of experience working with NO in both hospital and commercial environments. I am confident that they will bolster and advance our efforts in making the AIT NO delivery system available to patients.”
Mark Rimkus, a professional bio-medical engineer and registered respiratory therapist, has over two decades of experience with inhaled NO systems at various companies and hospitals. He joins AIT from Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, where since 2016, he has been the Senior Engineer evaluating and advising the respiratory therapy department on new respiratory devices. His duties there included planning and managing trials with new devices. Mr. Rimkus has also served as Director-At-Large and Treasurer on the Council of the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta in 2016 and 2017. From 2012 to 2016 he was Respiratory Therapy Support Lead at the University of Alberta Hospital, and prior to that, OR Clinical Lead at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Mr. Rimkus worked in industry as a Design Engineer at CBF Systems Inc. from 2008 to 2010 and as Operations Manager/Systems Engineer at PulmoNOx Medical Inc. from 2003 to 2006. In these roles he was responsible for designing, building, and testing prototypes for industrial, consumer, and medical related devices. From 1992 to 2003 he held Respiratory Therapist positions at Royal Alexandra Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital. Mr. Rimkus received a B.S.E.E and B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and a Respiratory Therapy Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Abdi Ghaffari, Ph.D., joins AIT from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where most recently he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine. He was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011-16) at Queen’s Cancer Research Institute, where he developed live imaging models to study the interactions between cancer and host immune cells. Dr. Ghaffari received his Ph.D. from the Burn/Wound Healing Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia. He also served as the Preclinical Development Lead at Novateur Ventures and R&D Lead at PulmoNOx Medical Inc. During his early career research at PulmoNOx, he developed novel preclinical models to test the antibacterial and wound healing properties of NO. Findings from these models paved the way to further development of inhaled NO as a novel antimicrobial drug in respiratory diseases. He has authored numerous breakthrough peer reviewed papers, review articles and book chapters in the fields of NO, wound healing, and cancer and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious national academic awards.
About AIT Therapeutics Inc.
AIT Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company using nitric oxide (NO) to treat serious lung infections and pulmonary hypertension. The Company is currently applying its therapeutic expertise to treat lower respiratory tract infections that are not effectively addressed with current standards of care. AIT Therapeutics is advancing its revolutionary NO respiratory targeted system in clinical trials for the treatment of bronchiolitis and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). For more information, visit www.AIT-Pharm.com.
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Steven Lisi, Chief Executive Officer
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