SeaStar Medical Appoints Dr. Sai Prasad Iyer, Ph.D as VP, Medical Affairs and Clinical Development
Denver, Colo. and Tampa, Fla., Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SeaStar Medical, a medical technology company developing proprietary solutions to reduce the consequences of hyperinflammation on vital organs, and LMF Acquisition Opportunities, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMAO) (LMAO), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced the appointment of Dr. Sai Prasad N. Iyer, Ph.D to the position of Vice President, Medical Affairs and Clinical Development at SeaStar Medical, effective September 15, 2022.
Dr. Iyer brings 20 years of industry experience and will provide leadership in developing and executing clinical trials, including SeaStar Medical’s upcoming pivotal clinical trial of its Selective Cytopheretic Device (SCD) for the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) in adults. He will also lead the development and execution of the Company’s Medical Affairs strategy, including external stakeholder management, communication, patient identification, evidence generation, publications, and medical education.
Most recently, Dr. Iyer was the interim Head of Medical Affairs and Field Medical Director at Chinook Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases, where he provided direction and oversight of medical operating strategies. He previously served as Medical Science Director at Vifor Pharma US, spearheading medical, research, and scientific affairs activities for hyperkalemia and diabetic nephropathy. Earlier in his career, Dr. Iyer worked as a Senior Vice President, Medical Director for Havas Health Network where he was involved in key first-in-class drug launches in various disease state categories ranging from nephrology to immunologically driven diseases and has significant medical education experience from other leading healthcare communications companies.
Dr. Iyer has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. He completed a postdoctoral fellow at Schering-Plough Research Institute where he conducted award-winning research on intestinal cholesterol absorption, and also conducted cutting edge HIV vaccine research at Progenics Pharmaceuticals. He is an author of several scientific publications that have helped practitioners, patients and payers to enhance health outcomes.
“Bringing a therapeutic device to market requires a unique understanding of medicine, therapeutics and medical devices. Dr. Iyer’s past experience will be especially valuable to SeaStar Medical as we advance the pivotal trial of our SCD in AKI in adults,” said Eric Schlorff, Chief Executive Officer of SeaStar Medical. “In particular, his extensive experience and broad knowledge of pharmaceutical products will help articulate the organ and insult agnostic properties of the SCD. We look forward to his future contributions as we couple with the rigor of the pharmaceutical industry with the precision of medical devices to develop a robust clinical program for the SCD, and believe he will be a perfect addition to our world class team.”
SeaStar Medical is developing the Selective Cytopheretic Device (SCD), an extracorporeal device designed to be used as an adjunct therapy with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The SCD selectively targets and transitions pro-inflammatory monocytes to promote reparative processes and reduce the inflammatory effects of activated neutrophils.
About SeaStar Medical, Inc.
Denver-based SeaStar Medical is a medical technology company that is focusing on redefining how extracorporeal therapies may reduce the consequences of excessive inflammation on vital organs. SeaStar Medical’s novel technologies rely on science and innovation to provide life-saving solutions to critically ill patients. It is developing and commercializing extracorporeal therapies that target the effector cells that drive systemic inflammation, causing direct tissue damage and secreting a range of pro-inflammatory cytokines that initiate and propagate imbalanced immune responses. For more information visit http://www.seastarmedical.com/ or visit us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
About LMF Acquisition Opportunities, Inc.
LMF Acquisition Opportunities, Inc. (Nasdaq: LMAO) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. LMAO is led by Bruce M. Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.lmfacquisitions.com.
As previously announced, SeaStar Medical and LMAO entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination transaction whereby SeaStar Medical will become publicly listed on Nasdaq, subject to approval by stockholders of LMAO and other customary closing conditions.
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Factors that may cause actual future events to differ materially from the expected results, include, but are not limited to: (i) the risk that the business combination transaction between SeaStar Medical and LMAO may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect the price of LMAO’s securities, (ii) the risk that the transaction may not be completed by LMAO’s business combination deadline, even if extended by its sponsor, (iii) the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the agreement and plan of merger (“Merger Agreement”) by the stockholders of LMAO and the satisfaction of the minimum trust account amount following redemptions by LMAO’s public stockholders, (iv) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement, (v) the receipt of an unsolicited offer from another party for an alternative transaction that could interfere with the business combination, (vi) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on SeaStar Medical’s business relationships, performance, and business generally, (vii) the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of the post-combination company to grow and manage growth profitability and retain its key employees, (viii) costs related to the business combination, (ix) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against SeaStar Medical or LMAO following the announcement of the proposed business combination, (x) the ability to maintain the listing of LMAO’s securities on the Nasdaq, (xi) the ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations after the completion of the proposed business combination, and identify and realize additional opportunities, (xii) the risk of downturns and the possibility of rapid change in the highly competitive industry in which SeaStar Medical operates, (xiii) the risk that SeaStar Medical and its current and future collaborators are unable to successfully develop and commercialize SeaStar Medical’s products or services, or experience significant delays in doing so, including failure to achieve approval of its products by applicable federal and state regulators, (xiv) the risk that SeaStar Medical may never achieve or sustain profitability; (xv) the risk that SeaStar Medical may need to raise additional capital to execute its business plan, which many not be available on acceptable terms or at all; (xvi) the risk that third-parties suppliers and manufacturers are not able to fully and timely meet their obligations, (xvii) the risk of product liability or regulatory lawsuits or proceedings relating to SeaStar Medical’s products and services, (xviii) the risk that SeaStar Medical is unable to secure or protect its intellectual property, (xix) the risk that the post-combination company’s securities will not be approved for listing on Nasdaq or if approved, maintain the listing and (xx) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in LMAO’s registration statement on Form S-4, as amended (File No. 333-264993), including those under the “Risk Factors” section therein and in LMAO’s other filings with the SEC. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and SeaStar Medical and LMAO assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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Released September 19, 2022