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MENLO PARK, Calif., March 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT), a commercial-stage company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs to treat severe metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders by modulating the effects of the stress hormone cortisol, today announced the appointment of Andreas Grauer, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Grauer most recently served as Vice President of Global Development at Amgen.
“We are delighted Andreas will be joining us,” said Joseph K. Belanoff, M.D., Corcept’s Chief Executive Officer. “His extensive experience advancing novel compounds through every stage of development and regulatory approval will be invaluable as Corcept’s pipeline progresses.”
“There is much to do,” said Dr. Belanoff. “Relacorilant is in the midst of its Phase 3 trial as a treatment for patients with hypercortisolism and in Phase 2 as a treatment for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. More indications for relacorilant, including metastatic pancreatic cancer, are under consideration. We expect to select a dose this year of CORT125281 as a treatment for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer. And CORT118335 will enter the clinic soon as a treatment for antipsychotic induced weight gain and, later this year, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.”
“I am excited to join Corcept at this key moment,” said Dr. Grauer. “Cortisol modulation has the potential to improve the lives of many seriously ill patients. I look forward to bringing my experience and expertise to bear to develop truly novel, beneficial medications.”
Prior to joining Corcept, Dr. Grauer spent more than ten years at Amgen in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Global Development, where he led or oversaw programs in therapeutic areas including bone, nephrology, and inflammation throughout all phases of development. Dr. Grauer also brings significant experience in regulatory filings across the world that culminated in multiple new drug application and biologic license application approvals. Before Amgen, he held senior executive positions at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Grauer holds an M.D. from the University of Heidelberg Medical School, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is Board Certified in both internal medicine and endocrinology in Germany.
About Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated
Corcept is a commercial-stage company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs that treat severe metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders by modulating the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Corcept’s approved product, Korlym®, was the first FDA-approved treatment for patients with Cushing’s syndrome. Korlym modulates the activity of cortisol at the glucocorticoid receptor, one of the two receptors to which cortisol binds. The company has discovered a large portfolio of proprietary compounds that selectively modulate the effects of cortisol but not progesterone. Corcept owns extensive United States and foreign intellectual property covering the composition of its selective cortisol modulators and in the use of cortisol modulators, including Korlym, to treat a wide variety of serious disorders.