Mesoblast Makes Executive Appointment to Drive Product Commercialization

NEW YORK and MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO; ASX:MSB) today announced that it has appointed Eric Strati, PhD, to the new position of Senior Vice President, Commercial. He will drive commercial launch activities of the Company’s lead cell therapy product candidate remestemcel-L in the United States and Europe for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft versus host disease (aGVHD). Mesoblast estimates the annual peak sales for aGVHD to be approximately $US700 million in the United States and EU5. 

Dr Strati said: “My first priority is to build a highly efficient and targeted field sales team to leverage existing relationships with transplant centers in the United States. Key to rapid market penetration will be engagement with insurers and other reimbursement agencies as well as management of the product distribution process.”

Prior to joining Mesoblast in 2015, Dr Strati held various leadership roles in global pharmaceutical companies, most recently at Novartis where he was Executive Director, Managed Markets, and a key member of the successful launch teams for the blockbuster drugs Entresto® in chronic heart failure and Cosentyx® in moderate to severe psoriasis.

Mesoblast’s recently-appointed United States-based Directors Shawn Cline Tomasello and Joe Swedish will provide guidance to the commercial team, leveraging their combined extensive expertise in product launches, commercialization, pricing and reimbursement. Ms Tomasello most recently was Chief Commercial Officer at Kite Pharma and Pharmacyclics, and President of the Americas, Hematology and Oncology at Celgene. Mr Swedish was most recently President and CEO at Anthem, America’s leading health benefits provider.

Mesoblast Chief Executive Dr Silviu Itescu stated: “Eric is well equipped to lead and execute on our product commercialization strategy as we transition to a fully integrated commercial stage company.” 

Mesoblast plans to submit a rolling Biologics License Application with the FDA for use of remestemcel-L in treating steroid-refractory aGVHD in children in early 2019. In order to make remestemcel-L available as soon as possible, Mesoblast will work diligently to provide all information required by the FDA. There are no FDA approved treatments for this disease with high mortality.
Remestemcel-L is already sold in Japan by Mesoblast’s licensee, JCR Pharmaceuticals, under the registered trademark TEMCELL® HS Inj. 

About Mesoblast
Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO; ASX:MSB) is a world leader in developing allogeneic (off-the-shelf) cellular medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary technology platform to establish a broad portfolio of late-stage product candidates with three product candidates in Phase 3 trials – acute graft versus host disease, chronic heart failure and chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease. Through a proprietary process, Mesoblast selects rare mesenchymal lineage precursor and stem cells from the bone marrow of healthy adults and creates master cell banks, which can be industrially expanded to produce thousands of doses from each donor that meet stringent release criteria, have lot to lot consistency, and can be used off-the-shelf without the need for tissue matching. Mesoblast has facilities in Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Texas and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO).

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