Rewind Therapeutics appoints leading neuroscience drug developer Ian J. Reynolds as Chief Executive Officer


Rewind Therapeutics (“Rewind”), a private Belgian biotech company developing innovative first-in-class therapies for myelin-related diseases announces the appointment of Ian J. Reynolds as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ian is a leading neuro-pharmacologist and brings over 20-years of drug discovery and development experience with his career spanning academia, start-up enterprises in neuroscience drug discovery and big pharmaceutical companies, where he led large drug discovery and development teams and global licensing and collaboration initiatives. Ian worked on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Ian is a member of the Innovative Medicines Initiative Strategic Governance Group on Neurodegeneration and of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Target ALS and the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Prior to joining Rewind Therapeutics, Ian was Vice President and Head of Discovery Research at Teva Pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania, USA, where he led the delivery of new small molecule drugs for the firm’s speciality medicine pipeline. Previous roles have included Senior Director of Discovery Biology at Knopp Biosciences LLC in Pittsburgh, and Senior Director at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Research Laboratories (West Chester, PA). Between 1988 and 2005, Ian was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also served as a Tenured Professor and Vice Chair of the university’s Department of Pharmacology.

Ian gained his PhD from the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences.

Jim Van heusden, Executive Chairman of Rewind Therapeutics, said: “We are thrilled to welcome a scientific leader of Ian’s calibre to spearhead our development of novel re-myelinating therapies. Ian is a smart, passionate and extremely talented drug-hunter in the world of neuroscience. He has a strong and deep track record of novel drug development that has earned him respect and recognition across academia and industry. I am confident that under his leadership as CEO his expertise and insights will allow Rewind to rapidly progress its novel therapies for myelin-related diseases into clinical development.”

Ian Reynolds said: “I am really excited to have the opportunity to lead Rewind’s efforts to develop innovative therapies targeting myelin-related diseases and to bring them quickly into the clinic. We have the funding in place to pursue this work, and I am delighted to add my experience and knowledge to build a talented team at Rewind to achieve our clear corporate goals.”

For further information, please contact:
Ian J. Reynolds, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
Mobile: +1 412 352 8988

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Mark Swallow/David Dible/Sylvie Berrebi
Telephone +44 20 7638 9571

About Rewind Therapeutics
Rewind Therapeutics is developing first-in-class therapies for myelin-related diseases and aims to bring them into fast-track clinical development. The Company was founded by KU Leuven’s Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) and Axxam S.p.A. (Milano, Italy), a leading provider of integrated discovery services for the Life Sciences. Rewind Therapeutics works in close collaboration with both organisations and a world-class academic network to advance its discovery and development activities.

Rewind Therapeutics completed a €15.2 million Series A financing in January 2018, which was led by life science investors Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund, M Ventures BV and the Flemish investment company PMV, together with CD3 and KU Leuven Gemma Frisius Fonds.