Actinium Pharmaceuticals issued the following announcement on Jan. 16.
Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: ATNM) ("Actinium" or "the Company") announced today the appointment of Qing Liang, PhD as Vice President and Head of Radiation Sciences. This key leadership position will be responsible for executing strategic and operational plans to advance the Company's growing pipeline of ARC or Antibody Radiation Conjugate therapies that are being driven by its AWE or Antibody Warhead Enabling technology platform. Actinium's clinical pipeline of ARCs is being applied to targeted conditioning to enable cellular therapies such as BMT or Bone Marrow Transplant and CAR-T as well as in combinations to leverage potential synergies of radiation with other modalities including chemotherapy, other targeted agents and immunotherapy.
In this newly created position at Actinium, Dr. Liang will work with Actinium's strengthened research and development group to drive innovation in line with Actinium's strategic vision related to its AWE technology platform. In addition, Dr. Liang will collaborate closely with clinical trial sites and their staffs, regulators and other key stakeholders to help advance and optimize Actinium's clinical ARC programs to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients.
Sandesh Seth, Actinium's Chairman and CEO said, "Actinium has made great progress in advancing our AWE technology platform and leadership position with Actinium-225 through rejuvenated R&D efforts in 2018. As a result, we have a multitude of opportunities to leverage the highly differentiated attributes of Actinium-225 ARCs in combination with other therapeutic modalities and we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Liang to the Actinium team at this time. Given Dr. Liang's invaluable experience and knowledge in the areas of radiobiology and radiation physics, we have great confidence that she will help Actinium capitalize on these opportunities and work with our scientific team to drive the next phase of R&D into novel and exciting therapeutic combinations. In addition, Dr. Liang will also support our partners and partnering efforts around our AWE platform. We expect the strengthened capabilities and quality of our R&D team, as exemplified by Dr. Liang, to yield significant value as we continue to make progress with our AWE platform and also with our development pipeline focused on improving patient outcomes and access to important cellular therapies such as bone marrow transplant and CAR-T through targeted conditioning.
Qing Liang, PhD, DABR brings highly relevant experience to Actinium related to the advancement and innovation of radiation-based therapies for improved therapeutic outcomes. Her research focus and interests revolve around radiation dosimetry, Monte Carlo Simulation, Knowledge Based Image Dose Optimization and Management, and imaging protocol optimization. Dr. Liang is a Medical Physicist certified by the American Board of Radiology and prior to Actinium was Medical Physicist and Assistant Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Prior to that, she had worked at Mercy Health System (Janesville, WI), Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology (Madison, WI), University of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison, WI), and UW Accredited Dosimetry Calibration Laboratory (Madison, WI). Dr. Liang has extensive knowledge on Radiation Physics, Radiation Dosimetry (Therapeutic and Imaging Dose), Radiation Protection and Safety, Health Physics and Radiobiology. Dr. Liang is currently an active member of the American Association of Physicist in Medicine and currently servers on three professional committees and task groups. She received BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and earned her PhD in Medical Physics from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
Dr. Liang said, "Being a Medical Physicist, I know firsthand the importance of radiation-based therapies and their capabilities. I was drawn to Actinium by the uniqueness of the AWE technology platform, its leadership with Actinium-225 and also its unique leadership position in targeted conditioning. The Company's commitment to driving AWE and the strong R&D team that has been assembled is very impressive and I look forward to working with the team to fully elucidate the potential of the AWE platform and also development pipeline through innovation, technology development and collaborations. Given the renewed interest in targeted radiation therapies, I believe it is the ideal time to be further leveraging Actinium's AWE technology platform and intellectual property to create novel therapies and combinations that will expand Actinium's leadership position in the field of ARC's."
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