The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), the largest philanthropic funder of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) research that’s aimed at bringing treatments and a cure to patients of this rare disease, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Skarinsky to its Strategy to Accelerate Research (STAR) Therapy Expert Board (TEB). Most recently, David was Senior VP of Clinical Development at DTx Pharma (acquired by Novartis), focusing on neuromuscular disease and CMT1A drug development.

CMTA’s TEB, comprising top experts in CMT, provides scientific input, evaluates ongoing or proposed CMTA-funded research projects, and guides the Association’s research strategy.

“I am honored to join the CMTA-STAR Therapy Expert Board at such a pivotal time in developing disease-modifying therapies for CMT,” said David Skarinsky. “CMTA’s dedication to basic research, focus on understanding disease natural history, and its collaborative approach with biopharmaceutical partners has been crucial in driving progress for CMT. I am excited to contribute my experience to help accelerate the advancement of treatments for those with CMT.”

With more than 35 years of global development expertise, David focuses on regulatory strategy, endpoint selection, clinical trial design, and clinical trial execution. David has collaborated closely with experts from CMTA and other patient advocacy groups. He is an independent consultant who brings diverse experience from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and service provider environments to CMTA’s TEB.

“CMTA is delighted to welcome David Skarinsky to the STAR Advisory Board,” said CMTA CEO Sue Bruhn, PhD. “David’s extensive expertise in neuromuscular disease research and clinical development aligns perfectly with our strategic goals. His insights and experience will be instrumental in advancing our efforts to find effective treatments. David’s expertise directly impacts the CMT community, and we are excited to collaborate with him.”

David holds a Neuroscience degree from Amherst College and has worked at various organizations, including Wyeth-Ayerst, Sanofi, Abide Therapeutics, Otonomy, and PAREXEL. Notably, he led pivotal trials supporting the global approval of Rilutek® for Lou Gehrig’s disease—the first therapy providing hope for these patients. CMTA proudly welcomes David and his expertise to its TEB.

Published on: June 20, 2024