Korro Bio Announces Appointment of Tim Pearson to Board of Directors Upon Closing of the Proposed Merger and Promotion of Todd Chappell to Chief Operating Officer
- Tim Pearson, CEO of Carrick Therapeutics and ex-CFO of TESARO, will join as Director contingent on the close of the proposed merger with Frequency
- Todd Chappell is elevated to role of Chief Operating Officer, bringing over 20 years of product development and product strategy experience
- Proposed merger expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 25, 2023 – Korro Bio, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize a new class of genetic medicines based on editing RNA, enabling treatment of both rare and highly prevalent diseases, announced on July 14, 2023, the proposed business combination with Frequency Therapeutics, Inc. (Frequency Therapeutics), a publicly listed company, and its concurrent financing of approximately $117 million before expenses with leading healthcare specialist investors, which is expected to close immediately prior to completion of the merger. Frequency Therapeutics’ Annual Meeting of Stockholders, at which Frequency’s stockholders will vote on matters related to the business combination, is scheduled for November 3, 2023. Korro Bio expects to close both the financing and merger promptly after the required approvals are obtained from Frequency’s stockholders.
In anticipation of the closing of the previously announced merger and as previously disclosed in Frequency’s prospectus related to the merger filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 29, 2023, Korro Bio announced the appointment of Tim Pearson as an independent Board member of the combined company and the Chair of its Audit Committee. This appointment will be effective upon completion of the merger. Mr. Pearson has over 30 years of healthcare experience and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Carrick Therapeutics since July 2019. Prior to joining Carrick, he served as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of TESARO, Inc., as an Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc., and held various finance roles at MedImmune, Inc. Mr. Pearson is currently Chairman of the Board at GlycoMimetics, Inc. and previously was a member of the Board of Directors at Ra Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
“We are pleased that Tim Pearson will join the future Board of the combined company and as the Chair of the Audit Committee,” said Ram Aiyar, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Korro Bio. “Tim is a financial expert and an industry veteran who has helped companies like TESARO grow from early stages through the commercialization of products. The combination of his operating and board experience will set us up well as a newly formed public company.”
“I am thrilled to join the combined company’s Board alongside other acclaimed members within the life sciences community,” said Mr. Pearson. “Korro’s unique RNA editing approach has the potential to change the course of disease for patients by modulating biology in an unprecedented manner. I look forward to sharing my experience to help the company through this transformation and to achieve its goals.”
In addition, and as previously disclosed in the prospectus related to the merger, Korro Bio announced the elevation of Todd Chappell, MBA, to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Chappell most recently served as Korro Bio’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio Planning. Prior to that, Mr. Chappell served as Chief Executive Officer of Rasio Therapeutics, Inc. and Perceptive Navigation, LLC. Mr. Chappell previously managed a portfolio of start-up pharmaceutical and medical device companies as an entrepreneur-in-residence at BioHealth Innovation, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Operations at Shape Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a HealthCare Ventures, LLC portfolio company, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations for the development of a novel HDAC inhibitor for cutaneous t-cell lymphoma. Todd has multiple Investigational New Drug (IND) applications under his belt and started his career at CombinatoRx, Inc., working on new product planning.
“I am excited to announce Todd’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer. Since joining Korro Bio in 2021, Todd has been instrumental in helping us advance our goal of developing a portfolio of unique and differentiated RNA editing product candidates,” said Dr. Aiyar.
“The ability to modulate the effects of human proteins by editing RNA provides us the ability to target disease in a unique way, starting with our lead program in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD),” said Mr. Chappell. “I am honored to support Korro in my new role and look forward to helping our team bring multiple programs into the clinic and beyond.”
Dr. Aiyar continued, “The appointment of Tim to our future Board, in conjunction with Todd’s promotion, comes at a critical inflection point in our growth as we anticipate the nomination of our first development candidate in AATD later this year. Their combined insights and capabilities will be invaluable as we transition to being a public company.”
About Korro Bio
Korro Bio is a biopharmaceutical company with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize a new class of genetic medicines based on editing RNA, enabling treatment of both rare and highly prevalent diseases. Korro Bio is generating a portfolio of differentiated programs that are designed to harness the body’s natural RNA editing process to effect a precise yet transient single base edit. By editing RNA instead of DNA, Korro Bio is expanding the reach of genetic medicines by delivering additional precision and tunability, which has the potential for increased specificity and improved long-term tolerability. Using an oligonucleotide-based approach, Korro Bio expects to bring its medicines to patients by leveraging its proprietary platform with precedented delivery modalities, manufacturing know-how, and established regulatory pathways of approved oligonucleotide drugs. Korro Bio is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit korrobio.com.
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Important Additional Information
In connection with the proposed merger, Frequency Therapeutics filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-273490), which became effective on September 29, 2023, and which includes a proxy statement of Frequency Therapeutics and that constitutes a prospectus with respect to shares of Frequency Therapeutics’ common stock to be issued in the proposed merger (Proxy Statement/Prospectus). Frequency Therapeutics may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement/Prospectus or any other document that Frequency Therapeutics may file with the SEC. INVESTORS, KORRO BIO STOCKHOLDERS AND FREQUENCY THERAPEUTICS STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE OR WILL BE FILED BY FREQUENCY THERAPEUTICS WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors, Korro Bio stockholders and Frequency Therapeutics stockholders are able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents containing important information about Frequency Therapeutics, Korro Bio and the proposed transaction that are or will be filed with the SEC by Frequency Therapeutics through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Frequency Therapeutics are also available free of charge on Frequency Therapeutics’ website at https://frequencytx.gcs-web.com/sec-filings or by contacting Frequency Therapeutics’ investor relations department by email at email@example.com.
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