Diamond Therapeutics Announces Four Critical Hires to Further Accelerate Drug Development

Dr. Michael B. McDonnell hired as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Sprouse as Director of Pipeline Development, Jamie Jarecki-Smith as Director of Clinical Operations and Dr. Nancy Raimondi as Director of Intellectual Property

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2021 /CNW/ – Diamond Therapeutics Inc. (“Diamond”), a drug development company focused on low-dose psychedelic therapies for use in the treatment of mental health, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael B. McDonnell, Dr. Jeffrey Sprouse, Jamie Jarecki-Smith, and Dr. Nancy Raimondi to four critical roles, as the organization moves forward with its first human clinical trial.

Dr. McDonnell MD, FRCPC, a specialist in emergency medicine and abuse liability, was appointed this summer in the newly created role of Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. McDonnell has more than 20 years of experience as a medical practitioner, lecturer, professor, and clinical research investigator and has worked with Worldwide Clinical Trials, Syneos Health, INC Research, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Working with Dr. McDonnell is Dr. Jeffrey Sprouse, Diamond’s Director of Pipeline Development and Jamie Jarecki-Smith, the company’s new Director of Clinical Operations. Dr. Sprouse brings more than 20 years of experience leading successful preclinical drug efforts for top-tier pharmaceutical organizations in neuroscience and psychiatry-based disease. Jarecki-Smith brings 15 years of clinical experience spanning research, project management, device trials, and registry studies to her role. Jarecki-Smith is working in close collaboration with Diamond’s CRO partner, BioPharma Services, overseeing all aspects of trial implementation, including the data safety review process, clinical monitoring, sub-contractor relationship and data management.

Diamond Therapeutics also brought on Nancy Raimondi, Ph.D., as its Director of Intellectual Property. Dr. Raimondi brings 20 years of experience in intellectual property management in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector, holding positions at Crescita Therapeutics and Nuvo Pharmaceuticals (now Miravo Healthcare). Prior to moving in-house, Dr. Raimondi was a patent agent at one of Toronto’s leading law firms, where she advised clients on patents, licensing, and litigation matters.

“These additions to our executive bring expertise that will be key to furthering our intellectual property portfolio while accelerating our drug development efforts. The appointments are timely as we continue to enroll patients in our first human clinical trial,” says Judy Blumstock, Founder and CEO of Diamond.

In November 2021, Diamond commenced a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of low doses of psilocybin in healthy volunteers. The study is ongoing.

About Diamond Therapeutics
Diamond Therapeutics is a drug development company based in Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to develop new and better therapies for mental health conditions by unlocking the promise of psychedelic compounds. Diamond is focused on sub-perceptual, non-hallucinogenic treatments that hold potential for use across a broad patient cohort —maximizing the positive impact better drugs can have on global mental health. To learn more about Diamond, visit www.diamondthera.com.

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SOURCE Diamond Therapeutics Inc.

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