HAMBURG, Germany, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Indivumed GmbH, the leading provider of products and services enabling the individualized diagnosis and therapy of cancer, announces the appointment of Annette Kassen, Ph.D., to the newly created position of Vice President Clinical Research.
Annette Kassen has spent the last 14 years of her career in basic and clinical research in the field of oncology. At Indivumed she will be responsible for the further development and expansion of the company's clinical research activities and services. Dr Kassen joins from medac GmbH, a Hamburg based pharmaceutical company, where she worked as a project leader conducting phase II/III clinical trials in Europe.
After receiving her Ph.D. from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in 1994, Annette Kassen was a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern-University Medical School, Chicago, focussing on the androgen regulation of human prostate cancer cells. She continued her career as Head of Research Laboratories at the University Hospital Department of Urology, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum. She joined medac in 1999 and received her "Masters of Public Health" from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in 2004.
"Annette Kassen brings with her very valuable knowledge concerning the continuously growing regulatory requirements in clinical research," says Prof. Hartmut Juhl, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Indivumed. "Moreover, she is a skilful complement to our team and I am confident that Indivumed will benefit from her experience in order to implement and further develop highest clinical research quality standards at Indivumed."
Dr. Kassen said: "There is a great need for effective, sophisticated, and individualized therapies in the treatment of oncologic diseases. Indivumed has the potential to face this challenge successfully and I am very happy to contribute to both the development of new therapeutic strategies as well as the company's success."
Indivumed is a privately held biotech company focused on the generation, characterization and analysis of highly standardized biological samples from human cancer. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, with a subsidiary in Kensington, Maryland, USA, Indivumed has cooperation agreements with all major oncological hospitals in the Hamburg metropolitan area as well as with Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. Indivumed's current tumor biobank of over 8,000 patient-cases, collected with a mean cold ischemia time of less than eight minutes, serves as a resource for Indivumed's internal cancer research in biomarkers and primary cell drug screening as well as for the use of pharmaceutical and biopharma partners through tumor biobank access and a variety of services, such as e.g. IHC and drug profiling.
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