Dennis Schmatz joins Scynexis


Will provide advice to US firm as it advances drug development programme

US drug discovery company Scynexis says Dennis Schmatz has joined the company as a strategic advisor. Schmatz, an anti-infectives specialist, will provide advice to Scynexis’ management team as the company advances its drug development programmes.

Scynexis president and chief executive Dr Yves Ribeill, said: ‘His contributions to Scynexis will be important as we aggressively pursue the development of our cyclophilin inhibitor technology platform and the discovery of global health therapeutics for neglected diseases.’

Schmatz was most recently interim president and chief executive of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, a non-profit foundation in Geneva, Switzerland created to discover anti-malarial drugs through public-private partnerships. Previously he was vice president of Merck Research Laboratories USA and head of the Tsukuba Research Institute of Banyu Research Laboratories in Japan.

‘It's an exciting time to be joining the Scynexis team as both their HCV compounds, SCY-635, and their partnered broad-spectrum antifungal compound, MK-3118, advance through clinical development,’ Schmatz said. ‘I see a promising future for Scynexis and am honoured to be a part of it.’