Iveric bio announced the appointment of Pravin U. Dugel, MD, as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Business Officer, effective April 1, 2020. In this role, Dr. Dugel will help shape Iveric bio’s business development strategy going forward. Dr. Dugel brings more than 25 years’ experience in the treatment of retinal diseases. He will report to Glenn P. Sblendorio, Chief Executive Officer and President of Iveric bio.
“We are excited to add Pravin to our management team,” Glenn P. Sblendorio, Chief Executive Officer and President of Iveric bio, said in a company news release. “In addition to being a globally recognized retinal specialist, Pravin brings an extensive network and long-standing relationships with the biotech/pharma ophthalmic industry. With Iveric bio’s portfolio of multiple ongoing retinal disease therapeutic and gene therapy R&D programs, Pravin’s experience will be instrumental in helping us build alliances with potential future collaborators and other stakeholders. We look forward to Pravin’s input and perspective as we move the company forward.”
“I am thrilled to join Iveric bio,” stated Dr. Dugel. “I am particularly excited about Zimura’s potential to positively impact and transform the lives of patients with geographic atrophy secondary to dry age-related macular degeneration who currently do not have treatment options available, as well as the potential to bring the company’s gene therapies to patients with orphan inherited retinal diseases who also do not have treatment options available. I am eager to work with Glenn, Kourous and the experienced management team at Iveric bio and to contribute to the company’s strategy.”
Dr. Dugel was previously Managing Partner, Retinal Consultants of Arizona and the Retinal Research Institute; Clinical Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; and Founding Member, Spectra Eye Institute in Sun City, Arizona. Dr. Dugel has authored more than 200 papers, 35 book chapters and has been invited to lecture at several marquis medical meetings and to serve as a visiting professor at universities worldwide, including in Japan, India, China, Malaysia, Egypt, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Canada and Australia. He is on the Editorial Board of several major medical journals. Dr. Dugel is internationally recognized as a major clinical researcher and has been a principal investigator in over 100 multicenter clinical trials. His research and educational contributions earned him the prestigious Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has been elected and previously served as the Retina Subspecialty Day Board Chairman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, as a member of the Board of Directors of the largest retina society in the United States, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), and the largest retina society in Europe, EURETINA.
Dr. Dugel is a member of the Board of Directors and current Chair of Orbis International’s Medical Advisory Board/Medical Strategic Committee. Orbis International is a non-profit organization focused on ophthalmology training and education in the developing world. With Orbis, Dr. Dugel travels to developing countries to teach surgical techniques to local ophthalmologists and provide free surgery for those suffering from preventable blindness.
Dr. Dugel graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York City. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and his surgical retina fellowship at the USC Eye Institute, where he was elected to serve on the faculty as the Resident Director.