Positive Progress for Bach Pharma
Boston, MA – June 30, 2011 - Bach Pharma Inc. (Bach), a drug development company focused on the development of therapeutics for oxidative homeostatic related diseases, recently held its annual scientific advisory board meeting. The North Andover company hosted this conference at Merrimack College on April 8th and 9th. The conference drew a large crowd, including patients, clinicians, scientists, researchers, academics, administrators, Bach shareholders and directors, potential pharmaceutical partners, representatives from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and many professionals associated with Bach.
The conference provided an opportunity for researchers to share their scientific and research collaborations and for management to talk about the company’s progress and achievements. The two-day conference was a wonderful success. It gave the attendees a chance to exchange ideas about the company’s pharmaceutical products, and other available treatments to balance and maintain redox homeostasis.
Bach received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study, in collaboration with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Yale Medical School, the respiration function of mitochondrial cells when treated with GVT®. Also, Bach C.E.O., Mark O. Henry, was asked by the U.S. State Department to serve on the planning commission set up at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health under President Obama’s 2010 U.S.-Russian Scientific Exchange Forum.
Bach has even more good news to announce. This year, Bach has qualified for the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge Program. This program is dedicated to helping not only small life science companies, but also students who are in the life science field. This program granted Bach the funding to hire two students as interns for the summer, Nicholas Hammond, a biology major from Merrimack College and Megan Sperry, a biomedical engineering major from Boston University. Bach could not be more pleased with the work that their new interns are doing, and the students are receiving a great learning experience that will undoubtedly be beneficial to their academic and professional careers.
Mr. Henry recently reported to the staff at Mass Life Sciences that “if these interns are representative of the future of our state and our industry we will all have to step aside quickly as they are an extremely talented and dynamic group.”
On June 14th, Bach representatives, C.E.O. Mark O. Henry, V.P. Barbara Stima, and interns Nick and Megan attended the internship program’s launch event at W.P.I. in Worcester, MA. There they had the privilege of meeting other participants of the program as well as its leaders including the President and C.E.O. of the Mass Life Sciences Center, Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D. They were excited to hear the announcement that the internship program is expanding to include the entire school year.
Finally, Bach employees also attended the Paul F. Glenn Annual Symposium on Aging at Harvard Medical School in June. This was a good chance for them to hear some insightful presentations on recent developments in the world of aging and age-related diseases.
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