Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Gil N Schwartzberg to its Board of Directors
EAST SETAUKET, New York, April 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. (“Lixte” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LIXT), a clinical-stage drug discovery company developing pharmacologically active drugs for use in cancer treatment, announced the appointment of Gil N Schwartzberg to its Board of Directors. Mr. Schwartzberg is filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Winson (Sze Chun) Ho, M.D.
Dr. John S. Kovach, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lixte, commented, “Gil Schwartzberg has played an important role advising and supporting Lixte since its inception. We are pleased to be welcoming Mr. Schwartzberg to our Board of Directors.”
Dr. Kovach continued, “Dr. Ho is leaving the Lixte Board of Directors to focus his talents and expertise on clinical and pre-clinical cancer research in academic medicine. Dr. Ho has served Lixte with distinction and we wish him great success in his future endeavors.”
Gil N Schwartzberg, JD, ScD (hon) has been a consultant to Lixte since its founding. Previously, Mr. Schwartzberg was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Hope National Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading biomedical research and treatment facilities and a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mr. Schwartzberg is the only person in the hundred-plus-year history of City of Hope to have served as both Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Schwartzberg is now City of Hope Chairman Emeritus for life.
Prior to his joining the City of Hope, Mr. Schwartzberg was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sterling Bank of Los Angeles, of which he was a founder, and where he served for many years as the Chairman of the Loan Committee until the bank’s sale. Additionally, Mr. Schwartzberg was a founding shareholder of Skechers USA, Inc. Mr. Schwartzberg is currently a consultant to Skechers and both trustee and co-trustee of trusts that hold the controlling interest in Skechers USA, Inc.
Mr. Schwartzberg earned a Juris Doctorate awarded magna cum laude. Mr. Schwartzberg practiced law, specializing in business structure and transactions and remains a member in good standing of the California Bar. Mr. Schwartzberg is the author of two books: Warning! Toxic Business Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them and Jane Austen’s Persuasion Annotated, a Royal Navy Reading Companion.
About Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc.
Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIXT) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering drugs for more effective treatments for many forms of cancer and other serious common diseases. A major driver of cancer is defects in the switches that turn the biochemical pathways in cells on and off. Most cancer research over the past 30 years has focused on the “on” switches because the “off” switches, especially the master “off” switch protein phosphatase (PP2A), were believed to cause intolerable toxicity in patients. Lixte has achieved a breakthrough with its novel, first-in-class lead compound, PP2A inhibitor LB-100, by demonstrating that it is readily tolerated in cancer patients at dose levels associated with anti-cancer activity. This innovative approach encourages cancer cells, damaged by chemo or other cancer therapies, to continue to replicate before repairing the damage, leading to the more efficient death and elimination of those cells from the body. Lixte has partnered with top medical institutions and leading academic research centers to advance the clinical development of its compounds. Lixte’s LB-100 lead compound, of which there are no competitors known to Lixte, is being tested in three clinical cancer treatment studies, with others in planning. Additional information on Lixte and its research activities is available at www.lixte.com.
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Released April 13, 2021