Dr. Joseph T. Coyle Named
Chair of SyneuRx’s Scientific Advisory Board
Renowned neuroscientist known for his groundbreaking discoveries in psychiatric disorders joins advisory board to drive clinical development efforts
July 25, 2022
LOS ANGELES and NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, July 25, 2022 – SyneuRx™ International (TPEX:6575), a global biotech company focused on the development of new classes of drugs for COVID-19 and multiple major central nervous system disorders, today announced that Joseph T. Coyle, M.D., is joining SyneuRx as chairman of the company’s new Scientific Advisory Board. In his role, Coyle will be responsible for advising, leading, and advancing the company’s strategic growth towards novel neuropsychiatric treatments.
“We are honored to have Dr. Coyle joining our newly formed Scientific Advisory Board. His groundbreaking research has changed the face of psychiatric neuroscience, and illuminated core neurological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and especially schizophrenia,” said Emil Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S., founder, chairman and CEO of SyneuRx. “His half-century of devoted research in developmental neurobiology, mechanisms of neuronal vulnerability and psychopharmacology will be an asset in helping us to shape our future clinical programs and to achieve our key growth objectives.”
Joseph Coyle has 50 years’ worth of clinical medical experience while serving as a leadership mentor to faculty and students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as at Harvard Medical School. He has led a distinguished career in neurobiology and psychopharmacology, focused on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which is an area of research Coyle has earned distinction in.
In addition to Coyle’s role at SyneuRx, he serves as professor emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School, continues to write research papers, and sits on several international scientific boards. He was also past president of the Society for Neuroscience, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and past editor of JAMA Psychiatry for over a decade. Prior to these roles, he served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty for many years, where he was a Distinguished Service Professor of Child Psychiatry and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Coyle received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1969, where he earned several awards. He and Dr. Tsai developed a strong mentor-mentee relationship while working at Harvard, and in 1997 were jointly honored with the Kemp Fund Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
“I am eager to join SyneuRx at such a pivotal time for mental health care globally. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly brought behavioral health care disparities to the forefront, and I am grateful to be a part of the solution by helping pave the way toward novel treatments,” said Coyle. “I look forward to helping the company accelerate its already very impressive growth.”
SyneuRx’s Scientific Advisory Board has been created to offer strategic direction and guidance on aspects of scientific endeavors, including developing new therapies, conducting research, and ensuring that quality standards are met. Over the coming years, the company plans to introduce leading experts who will join the Scientific Advisory Board to assist in building the company’s long-term scientific strategy.
Coyle will begin his role with SyneuRx this month.
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SyneuRx International (TPEX:6575) is a clinical-stage global biotech company focused on the development of new classes of drugs for COVID-19 and multiple major central nervous system (CNS) disease conditions. Founded in 2013, SyneuRx is poised to bring change-making pharmaceuticals to market with a robust, promising pipeline of seven investigational drugs for CNS disorders and two for COVID-19 – eight of which are currently in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company’s mission is to infuse a scientific and humanistic approach into its research and development of safe, effective, and accessible therapies for patients suffering from disorders such as schizophrenia, dementia, depression, as well as COVID-19 and other RNA-encoded viruses. Dedicated to taking a safety-first approach with its research and development by focusing on well-established lead compounds as well as natural sources and plant substances to treat or prevent illness, SyneuRx has received Breakthrough Therapy Designations and Orphan Drug Designations from the FDA for two of its novel CNS therapeutics. To learn more, visit syneurx.com.
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