Accera Appoints Dr. Judith Walker as Chief Medical Officer
May 4, 2017
– Dr. Walker takes the clinical leadership role in Accera's Phase 3 Alzheimer's disease program –
BOULDER, Colo., May 3, 2017 – Accera, Inc., a leading central nervous system (CNS) therapeutics company, today announced the appointment of Judith Walker, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Walker joins Accera from QuintilesIMS where she held the position of Vice President of Product Development, providing leadership for the global clinical development of drugs in the areas of neurology and pain.
"Dr. Walker brings to Accera over 20 years of experience in the global biopharmaceutical industry," said Accera's president and CEO, Charles Stacey, M.D. "Her wealth of expertise in neurology drug development will be invaluable as we advance our metabolic approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease into the final stage. Dr. Walker will lead the progression of our newly formulated lead compound in Alzheimer's and help build out our pipeline of drugs in the CNS space."
Prior to QuintilesIMS, Dr. Walker served as Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Teva Neuroscience, a division of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Before Teva Neuroscience, Dr. Walker held leadership roles in global product and global clinical development in neurology at Serono International (Merck KGaA). Dr. Walker continues to serve on the boards of Great Lakes Neuroscience and the pharmaceutical advisory board of the non-profit Accelerated Cure Project. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Walker received her medical degree from the University of Montréal and completed her residency in neurology at the University of Western Ontario.
"Accera has one of the few drugs in late stage development for Alzheimer's disease which addresses a differentiated and well-validated target," said Dr. Walker. "I am delighted to be joining Accera at this exciting time in the program."
Accera is grateful to Suzana Farah Rahman, Head of Executive Medical and Clinical Recruitment at GQR Global Markets for her assistance in identifying a world-class Chief Medical Officer to join Accera's executive team.