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Equillium Announces Appointment of Barbara Troupin to Board of Directors

LA JOLLA, Calif--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$EQ--Equillium, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQ), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics to treat severe autoimmune and inflammatory disorders with high unmet medical need, today announced the appointment of Barbara Troupin, M.D., to the Equillium Board of Directors. Dr. Troupin will serve as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.

“We are very happy to welcome Dr. Barbara Troupin to the Equillium Board,” said Dan Bradbury, chairman of the board of directors of Equillium. “Her experience building and leading clinical development, medical and regulatory affairs functions, as well as her background in global strategy and medical and commercial positioning across multiple therapeutic areas will be invaluable as Equillium prepares to initiate its Phase 3 study in acute graft-versus-host disease and expands its clinical programs with newly acquired assets from Bioniz Therapeutics.”

Dr. Troupin was most recently senior vice president of Myokardia, leading all medical affairs functions, product positioning and launch readiness in the U.S. and E.U. for their first-to-market, precision medicine treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Prior to Myokardia, Dr. Troupin was chief medical officer at ERX Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage company focused on the discovery and clinical development of innovative drugs to treat obesity and related metabolic diseases; chief medical officer at Aquinox, a clinical-stage company developing novel therapeutics for chronic urological conditions, inflammation, and pain; and chief medical officer at Apricus Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company advancing innovative medicines in urology, endocrinology, and rheumatology. Prior to Apricus, Dr. Troupin was vice president of medical affairs at VIVUS.

Dr. Troupin has completed executive education through Harvard’s Women on Life Science Boards and was selected as a 2019 Women in Bio Boardroom Ready participant with frequent continuing education on board leadership. Barbara has a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Family Medicine at SHARP Healthcare in San Diego. She has a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from The Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from University of California.

About Equillium

Equillium is a clinical-stage biotechnology company leveraging a deep understanding of immunobiology to develop novel therapeutics to treat severe autoimmune and inflammatory disorders with high unmet medical need. The company’s pipeline consists of the following novel immunomodulatory assets targeting immuno-inflammatory pathways. Itolizumab, a first-in-class monoclonal antibody that targets the CD6-ALCAM signaling pathway which plays a central role in the modulation of effector T cells, that is advancing into a Phase 3 study for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) and is in a Phase 1b study for patients with lupus/lupus nephritis. BNZ-1, a first-in-class tri-specific cytokine inhibitor that selectively targets IL-2, IL-9, and IL-15, is Phase 2 ready and expected to begin enrolling patients in an alopecia areata study in the second half of 2022. BNZ-2, a bi-specific cytokine inhibitor that selectively targets IL-15 and IL-21, is ready for clinical development and expected to begin enrolling patients in a Phase 1 study to include patients with celiac disease in the second half of 2022.

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Last Updated: 01-Mar-2022