Travere Therapeutics Appoints Jula Inrig, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Travere Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTX) today announced the appointment of Jula Inrig, M.D., as chief medical officer, effective immediately. Dr. Inrig brings to Travere more than 15 years of expertise in medical oversight, drug development, clinical trial planning and execution and global regulatory engagement. Dr. Inrig joins the Company as it prepares for accelerated approval submissions of sparsentan for IgA nephropathy (IgAN) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2022, as well as the continued advancement of its pegtibatinase program in classical homocystinuria (HCU).
“We are excited to welcome Jula to the Travere Therapeutics team,” said Eric Dube, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Travere Therapeutics. “Jula has a clear passion for championing positive advancements for patients. Her demonstrated expertise in clinical development and history of successfully collaborating with regulators, healthcare providers and patient communities to develop new treatment options further strengthens our leadership team as we continue to advance our pipeline and enter a pivotal phase for Travere.”
“I am thrilled to be joining a patient-inspired company that focuses on bringing new therapeutics to people living with rare diseases,” commented Dr. Inrig. “Travere is at an especially exciting inflection point on the path to potentially delivering new treatment options for patients living with rare kidney disorders, and I look forward to continuing to work with regulators and the nephrology community with the ultimate goal of providing greatly needed new advancements in care. I also look forward to bringing my experience in clinical development to the team as we advance a pipeline of potential first-in-class therapies.”
Dr. Inrig joins Travere from IQVIA where she served as Global Head of the Renal Center of Excellence. While at IQVIA, Dr. Inrig was instrumental in the design, execution and strategy of clinical trials leading to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) approvals in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), and diabetic kidney disease. During her tenure at IQVIA, Dr. Inrig was responsible for the execution of more than 45 clinical trials across 50 countries, enrolling over 25,000 patients, including pivotal phase 3 trials in FSGS, IgAN and lupus nephritis. In addition to her roles at IQVIA, Dr. Inrig served as an inaugural member of the board for the Kidney Health Initiative, a public-private partnership with the FDA founded with the goal of improving the development of therapies for patients with kidney disease. Dr. Inrig has also served in advisory roles for national societies and their guidelines including the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Inrig is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine and has served on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, and as an adjunct in the Department of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Inrig received her M.D. fro Loma Linda University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency, her Nephrology Fellowship and obtained a Masters of Health Science at Duke University. Dr. Inrig holds a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.
In connection with the hiring of Dr. Inrig, the Compensation Committee of Travere’s Board of Directors approved the grant of the following inducement awards to Dr. Inrig, with an effective grant date of January 1, 2022, Dr. Inrig’s first date of employment: (i) a stock option to purchase 80,000 shares of Travere common stock, and (ii) a time-based restricted stock unit award covering 20,000 shares of Travere common stock. The stock option has an exercise price per share equal to the closing price of Travere’s common stock on January 3, 2022, the first trading day following the date of grant. The stock option is a non-qualified stock option, has a 10-year term and will vest over four years, with one-fourth vesting on the one-year anniversary of the grant date and remaining three-fourths vesting over the following three years in equal monthly installments. The time-based restricted stock unit award will vest over four years, with one-fourth vesting on each anniversary of the grant date.
Each of the stock awards described above is subject to the terms of Travere’s 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, but was granted outside of the 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, and was granted as an inducement material to Dr. Inrig entering into employment with Travere in accordance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
About Travere Therapeutics
At Travere Therapeutics, we are in rare for life. We are a biopharmaceutical company that comes together every day to help patients, families and caregivers of all backgrounds as they navigate life with a rare disease. On this path, we know the need for treatment options is urgent – that is why our global team works with the rare disease community to identify, develop and deliver life-changing therapies. In pursuit of this mission, we continuously seek to understand the diverse perspectives of rare patients and to courageously forge new paths to make a difference in their lives and provide hope – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit travere.com
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Chris Cline, CFA