Unicycive Therapeutics Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD

Appointment adds decades of drug development experience from a seasoned executive

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNCY), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapies for patients with kidney disease (the “Company” or “Unicycive”), today announced the appointment of Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective September 6, 2023. As a veteran of the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, we believe Sara’s leadership and experience in drug development spanning more than 25 years will significantly help bolster Unicycive’s future growth.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kenkare-Mitra to our Board of Directors and know that her extensive drug development and corporate leadership experience will make an immediate impact here at Unicycive,” said Shalabh Gupta, MD, Chief Executive Officer. “Sara adds a broad skill set to our Board with leadership expertise spanning research, preclinical and clinical development, translational medicine, manufacturing, and regulatory. Importantly, she has played a key role in the filing of more than 100 investigational new drug (IND) and clinical trial applications and worked on 11 drug approvals in multiple diseases. Sara’s appointment comes at a crucial time for Unicycive as we advance oxylanthanum carbonate towards filing of a new drug application and prepare to file an IND for UNI-494.”

Dr. Kenkare-Mitra, added, “I am honored to join the Unicycive Board of Directors to help advance the company’s purpose-driven strategy to solve the most pressing unmet medical needs in renal diseases. I look forward to helping Unicycive with my expertise and experience in preclinical and clinical development and navigating the regulatory landscape as the organization advances their assets.”

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD is currently President and Head of Research and Development at Alector where she leads all aspects of the company’s R&D efforts in neurodegeneration, including oversight of the research, development, clinical, manufacturing, regulatory, and related functions. Prior to joining Alector, Dr. Kenkare-Mitra held roles of increasing responsibility at Genentech over the course of 23 years serving most recently as Senior Vice President, Development Sciences in Genentech’s research and early development unit. During her tenure at Genentech, she led a large, integrated global organization of approximately 650 employees, and played a key role in the filing of more than 100 Investigational New Drug (IND)/clinical trial applications around the world, and the approval of 11 medicines for diverse diseases, including cancers and neurological diseases. Her team also enabled the successful development and approval of over 15 companion diagnostics.

Dr. Kenkare-Mitra received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she also stayed on as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the school of medicine and also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology before joining Genentech. Dr. Kenkare-Mitra also holds adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF and at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and elected fellow of Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has been widely recognized for her work and leadership in the industry with awards such as the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ Alice E. Till Advancement of Women in Pharmaceutical Sciences Recognition, Endpoints’ 20 Most Extraordinary Women in Biopharma, Fierce Pharma’s Fiercest Women in the Life Sciences, and the University of California, San Francisco’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. She has served as a board member of the Genentech foundation and the Association of Women in Science (AWIS).

About Unicycive Therapeutics

Unicycive Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing novel treatments for kidney diseases. Unicycive’s lead drug candidate, oxylanthanum carbonate (OLC), is a novel investigational phosphate binding agent being developed for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis. UNI-494 is a patent-protected new chemical entity in late preclinical development for the treatment of acute kidney injury. For more information, please visit Unicycive.com.

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