Following the election yesterday of Dorte X. Gram as new Chairman of the Board of Pila Pharma AB (publ) (FN STO: PILA) she simultaneously has stepped down as CEO. The newly elected Board of Directors has subsequently appointed Gustav H. Gram as new CEO and Dorte X. Gram as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Pila Pharma AB.

Pila Pharma AB yesterday held its Annual General Meeting where founder, CEO and Director of the Board, Dorte X. Gram was elected new Chairman of the Board and therefore, with immediate effect, she has stepped down as the company's CEO.

With the purpose of strengthening the market focus and gearing the company as best as possible for growth and to deliver a new development candidate to the industry with a focus on TRPV1, Pila Pharma AB is now appointing a new Chairman of the Board, new members of the Board of Directors and a new CEO and CSO.

New Chairman of the Board is Dorte X. Gram, CEO and founder of Pila Pharma AB. The reorganisation means that Dorte X. Gram now takes over the position as working Chairman of the Board, steps down as CEO and become new CSO to strengthen Pila Pharma AB's R&D focus and ensure maximum progress in the development of the company's product for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and potentially obesity and heart failure which is now in phase 2a. 

New CEO of Pila Pharma AB is Gustav H. Gram, who until now has held the position as Head of Investor Relations. Working within the Life Science Industry and in Pila Pharma AB for more than seven years, Gustav H. Gram has a unique insight and extensive experience into Pila Pharma AB. As such he is already primed for this career advancement and can take over the CEO role immediately. The management team now consists of CEO Gustav H. Gram, CFO Elna Lembrér Åström and CSO Dorte X. Gram.

Further, besides reelected Board members Dorte X. Gram and Richard Busellato, two new members have been elected to strengthen the Boards financial, strategic and market insight, thus recalibrating the objectives of Pila Pharma AB. Lasse Richter Petersen has been elected Director of the Board due to his extensive background and experience in the international pharmaceutical business including diabetes, and Julie Waras Brogren has been elected Director of the Board due to her extensive experience in developing strategies for advancing pharma assets from development to commercialisation and in finance and investor relations.

Dorte X. Gram comments:

"To fully leverage the potential of our assets, we need to increase our focus on progressing the coming phase 2a clinical study and in parallel refining our strategy for the place and the path to market of our assets. In this setting, I am confident that I will serve Pila Pharma AB best as Chairman of the Board and in the operations be dedicated to the role of CSO. Gustav has the right internal background from Pila Pharma AB as well as from the industry to ensure continuity of our operations and to define the next strategy for our development portfolio and the company together with the Board and myself. We judge that this new setup is the right one for best securing the success of Pila Pharma AB in the coming phase."

For more information, please contact:

Dorte X. Gram, Chairman of the Board
M: [email protected]


Gustav H. Gram, CEO
T: +45 2860 6383
Mail: [email protected] 

This information is such information that Pila Pharma AB (publ) is obliged to publish in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication on 19 April 2024 at 09:45 CEST.

Pila Pharma's share ticker PILA is subject to trade on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, Sweden with Aqurat Fondkommission AB as Certified Adviser.
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Pila Pharma is a Swedish biotech company based in Malmö, Sweden. The aim of the company is to develop TRPV1 antagonists as a novel treatment of type 2 diabetes and potentially of other diseases with an inflammatory background, such as the painful rare disease erythromelalgia. The Company owns a TRPV1 asset with data and chemical entities including the development candidate XEN-D0501. Further, the Company owns use-patents covering the use of TRPV1-antagonists as treatment of obesity and diabetes and intends to submit further patents regarding the synthesis, formulation or use of XEN-D0501 or back-up compounds. In July 2022, the Company was awarded orphan drug designation ("Orphan drug designation") for XEN-D0501 as a treatment for erythromelalgia.
Pila Pharma currently has focus on 3 projects within Diabetes/Obesity (ongoing, next step 3 mo phase 2a trial to assess maximal tolerable dose), Erythromelalgia (on hold pending funding, next step phase 2a PoC on pain during flare ups) and Abdominal Aorta Aneurism (ongoing, preclinical research collaboration).

About XEN-D0501 and TRPV1 antagonists
XEN-D0501 is a selective, synthetic potent small molecule TRPV1 antagonist that was inlicensed in 2016. TRPV1 antagonists that down-regulate neurogenic inflammation, has demonstrated applications across pain and inflammatory diseases and potentially plays a role in diabetes and obesity as well. Prior to in-licensing, XEN-D0501 had been found to have a good safety profile in other (non-diabetic) patient groups. Pila Pharma has to date completed two phase 2a clinical trials (PP-CT01 and PPCT02), that both demonstrated that XEN-D0501 is well tolerated by type 2 diabetic patients. Further, PP-CT02, demonstrated that XEN-D0501 (administered as 4 mg BID for 28 days) - with statistical significance versus placebo - enhance the endogenous insulin response to oral glucose. Further, ANP, a heart failure biomarker, was highly statistically significantly reduced. During 2023 we could report a very good tolerability of XEN-D0501 following 13 weeks administration of very high doses in 2 animal species, and XEN-D0501 can thus progress into longer clinical trials. Recently, finances to sponsor a phase 2a dose-escalation study was secured and the study is being prepared with the objective of identifying the maximal tolerable dose of XEN-D0501 in overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes as well as to identify (trends for) a reduction of HbA1c, body weight and ANP, a relevant marker of CVD.

About Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes is a world-wide pandemic with a staggering prevalence of 537 million people with diabetes corresponding to approximately 8-10% of the population. Approximately 90 % of all diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes, whilst approximately 10% suffers from type 1 diabetes.
Despite recent therapeutic advances, large and growing unmet needs exist both from an efficacy, safety, affordability, and accessibility exists for treatment of people with type 2 diabetes. Obesity is most often preceding the development of type 2 diabetes and a serious risk-factor for not only developing type 2 diabetes but also all the co-morbidities resulting in "whole body dysfunction" and subsequent development of several diseased. The accumulated effect is a year-long reduction in of quality of life for obese persons with or without diabetes. Obesity leads to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease that eventually results in premature death and shortening of life duration. Recent advances by "Big Pharma" in the development of effective anti-obesity drugs, has proven that pharmacological weight management is possible and leads to obvious quality-of-life and longevity benefits for people with obesity. Even long-term public health costs are expected to be reduced if the clinical negative effects of the obesity pandemic can be limited. This has sparked a general interest in future potential oral treatments that can meet the accessibility/ affordability criteria and several deals have recently been done in the obesity segment.

About Erythromelalgia
Erythromelalgia is a rare disease where neurogenic inflammation plays a role in the development of symptoms. The disease can cause near-constant or episodic pain (ranging from mild tingling to severe burning sensations), and redness to extremities. It most commonly affects the feet but may also occur in the hands, face, or other parts of the body with both nerves and blood vessels involved. Symptoms are frequently managed through avoidance of pain triggers. The disorder can be extremely debilitating, with a significant negative impact on quality of life and with potential to impact mortality rates among young people and the suicide rates among adults. Currently the project is on hold awaiting finances to sponsor a small proof of concept study in persons with erythromelalgia to demonstrate an effect of XEN-D0501 on reducing perceived pain during "flare ups".

About Abdominal Aorta Aneurism
Abdominal Aorta Aneurism is a cardiovascular disease with 'balooning' of the lower part of the main artery of the body, aorta. The cause is unknown, but risk factors are atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular inflammation and infection as well as trauma. It affects millions of people globally and accounts for the death of 1% of men over the age of 65. It develops gradually over several years up to a dilatation of more than 3mm in diameter when surgery to insert a stent to prevent rupture is then the only treatment option, both expensive and with complications. Currently no preventive treatment is available. In November 2023 a research collaboration was entered on investigating the effect of XEN-D0501 on Abdominal Aorta Aneurism growth in mice.



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