NOVATO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mount Tam Biotechnologies, Inc. ("Mount Tam") (OTC PINK:MNTM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jim Stolzenbach has been appointed as a scientific advisor to Mount Tam, bringing his expertise in drug development to support the advancement of our novel rapamycin analogs to address serious unmet need across a range of autoimmune and rare diseases.

According to Dr. Richard Marshak, Mount Tam CEO, “Dr. Stolzenbach is a critical addition to our team of advisors.  Jim’s leadership experience and track record of success in the cardiovascular, renal and autoimmune spaces will help Mount Tam to optimize our clinical development programs now and into the future.”

Jim Stolzenbach Ph.D. has extensive research and development experience in the pharmaceutical industry where currently he is President of Jim Stolzenbach Consulting, LLC.  Jim is the former Vice President for Abbvie Renal and Immunology Therapeutic Development.  Previously, he held several senior leadership roles with Monsanto and Pharmacia including Vice President for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Product Development. Jim has led global projects for both small molecule and biologic programs ranging from proof of concept trials to large Phase 3 trials designed for regulatory approval.  During the course of his career he has co-authored over 30 publications in refereed journals with numerous abstracts for presentation.  Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia and obtained his Ph.D. at Oregon State University. 

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the quality team at Mount Tam and helping them bring these exciting new compounds into clinical development,” says Dr. Stolzenbach.

About Mount Tam Biotechnologies, Inc.

Mount Tam Biotechnologies, Inc. was established to develop, optimize and bring to market leading medical compounds to better the health and well being of millions of people who have been affected by autoimmune diseases. The organization's most advanced product focuses on the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). 

Mount Tam has partnered with the world-renowned Buck Institute for Research on Aging through a worldwide exclusive licensing and collaboration agreement. The assets, which are focused on autoimmune diseases, are highly target-specific polyketides--a class of compounds with an extremely successful track record with the FDA drug approval process. The assets are supported by intellectual property consisting of over 45 worldwide issued patents and patent applications, including composition of matter, manufacturing and therapeutic area applications.

Mount Tam intends to apply its first and most advanced asset, TAM-01, to the Investigational New Drug (IND) application phase of the FDA. It has already completed non-GLP pre-clinical development. The primary focus is to develop TAM-01 for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Mount Tam will use the R&D conducted on TAM-01 as the core science for additional assets, including its second product known as TAM-02, which is currently focused on multiple sclerosis (MS).
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