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Renova Therapeutics leadership speaking at Cell & Gene Therapy CEO forum and Boulder Peptide Symposium

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renova™ Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing gene and peptide-based treatments for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, announced that the company's CEO and Co-founder, Jack W. Reich, Ph.D., is participating on a panel at the Cell & Gene Therapy CEO forum in Boston, and its Vice President of Preclinical Research and Pharmacology, Peter Gengo, Ph.D., is speaking at the Boulder Peptide Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. Both events are occurring on September 25.

Cell & Gene Therapy CEO

Jack W. Reich, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder of Renova Therapeutics
Jack W. Reich, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder of Renova Therapeutics
Peter Gengo, Ph.D., Vice President of Preclinical Research and Pharmacology at Renova Therapeutics
Peter Gengo, Ph.D., Vice President of Preclinical Research and Pharmacology at Renova Therapeutics

Boston Biotech Conferences' Cell & Gene Therapy CEO is an off-the-record networking forum that brings together CEOs and decision-makers in cell therapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine. Dr. Reich will be participating on a discussion panel on overcoming technology challenges in cell and gene therapy companies.

"Since the inception of gene therapy, we've seen tremendous progress in the field over the last few decades – but no disruptive medical innovation is without its challenges," said Dr. Reich, who was previously co-founder of the first gene therapy company, Viagene, and co-founder of Collateral Therapeutics, the first gene therapy company focused on cardiovascular disease. "With gene therapy, we're looking at changing the way some major chronic diseases are treated in an unprecedented manner. There are lessons we've all learned along the way that are worth sharing."

The forum comprises intimate discussion panels, keynotes and fireside chats with thought leaders debating business model efficiencies, financing, regulatory issues, market access and reimbursement, novel partnerships, manufacturing and delivery challenges. Healthcare investors and leading researchers also participate.

The meeting also features speakers from GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Pfizer, among others. The panel on overcoming technology challenges will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Boulder Peptide Symposium

The Boulder Peptide Symposium is an annual event in which key decision leaders from both industry and academia come together to discuss the future of peptide therapeutics.

An accomplished biochemical analytical pharmacologist, Dr. Gengo is presenting the Renova Therapeutics gene and peptide therapy programs at the symposium. In particular, he will provide an overview of the company's discovery work on peptides as potential treatment options for heart failure as well as type 2 diabetes.

"Complementing the Renova Therapeutics gene-based product candidate portfolio are peptide-based programs that can help impact the symptoms and progression of major chronic diseases," said Dr. Gengo. "Right now we're looking at identifying peptide variants that could become subcutaneous or intravenous infusion therapies to ease suffering of heart failure or type 2 diabetes patients."

Dr. Gengo joined Renova Therapeutics in May to direct and execute the company's preclinical objectives, including developing a stresscopin-based peptide product candidate program. Along with Waldemar Radziszewski, MD, Ph.D., Renova's Executive Vice President of Translational Research, Dr. Gengo worked on the stresscopin development program for acute heart failure while at Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Gengo's presentation will take place on September 25, the first day of the three-day symposium.

About Renova Therapeutics
Renova Therapeutics is developing definitive, one-time gene therapies and peptide infusion treatments to restore the health of people suffering from chronic diseases. The first indications the company is pursuing are gene therapy treatments for heart failure and type 2 diabetes, two of the most common and devastating chronic diseases in the world. The company's lead product, RT-100, is a treatment that delivers a therapeutic gene directly to the heart during a routine outpatient procedure and has the potential to increase heart function in millions of patients with heart failure. The company's product pipeline also includes a groundbreaking gene therapy in preclinical stage for sufferers of type 2 diabetes, as well as a peptide infusion therapy for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure. Renova Therapeutics was founded in 2009 and is led by an experienced management team in biopharmaceuticals and gene therapy. For additional information about the company, please visit

About the Boston Biotech Conferences
The Boston Biotech Conferences (BBC)'s mission is to build a vibrant community of bio-pharma leaders, which will help to drive innovation in biotech, and bring important drugs to patients more quickly. The conferences are exclusive, thought-leader forums for senior bio-pharma executives. Each conference is highly interactive and co-hosted by healthcare industry leaders to foster discussions and facilitate information-sharing, networking and corporate development within the bio-pharma community. The meetings are invitation-only, off-the-record forums that bring together the past, present and future leaders in the healthcare community to network, exchange ideas and share insights into the industry's challenges and opportunities. For more information, visit

About the Boulder Peptide Symposium
The Boulder Peptide Symposium seeks to bring together key decision leaders from both industry and academia to discuss the future of peptide therapeutics. Peptide therapeutics are potent and highly selective yet their development into effective treatments can be challenged by limited delivery routes, product stability, manufacturing challenges and an evolving regulatory landscape. BPS is the key forum where these challenges will be identified, discussed, and one day—addressed.


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