Summary: Cilcare has appointed Naimi Missoum, MD, as its new chief medical officer to oversee clinical development strategies and collaborations, leveraging his extensive experience in medical affairs and pharmaceutical industry leadership.

Key Takeaways:

1. Naimi Missoum brings over 25 years of experience in medical affairs from leading pharmaceutical companies, enhancing Cilcare’s expertise in auditory sciences.

2. His background as an ENT surgeon and his work in global medical affairs, particularly in neurology and inner ear disorders, aligns well with Cilcare’s clinical focus.

3. Missoum’s appointment is expected to drive Cilcare’s growth, particularly with upcoming clinical trials for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and hearing impairment treatments.

Cilcare, a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in auditory sciences and research and development of novel therapies for the inner ear and associated diseases, has appointed Naimi Missoum, MD, as its new chief medical officer. A medical doctor and clinician with 25+ years of experience as a medical affairs senior executive in leading pharmaceutical companies, Missoum will oversee all of Cilcare’s medical initiatives, including clinical development strategies and collaborations with healthcare professionals and regulatory authorities. 

A surgeon specializing in ENT disorders, Missoum worked in hospital settings for over a decade in both surgical interventions and diagnostic practices before transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout his career, he has held leading roles at prestigious pharmaceutical companies, most recently serving as global medical affairs executive director at Biogen, following significant experiences at BMS, MSD China, and Astra Zeneca. 

Missoum successfully developed and implemented medical affair strategies in global markets, contributing to the launch of innovative medicines across various therapeutic indications, including diabetes, cardio-metabolism, neurology, and Alzheimer’s disease. According to Cilcare, his expertise in designing and executing late-stage clinical development phase 3b/4 studies, establishing life cycle management strategies and patient registry networks, as well as cultivating strong scientific relationships with key opinion leaders, make him a valuable addition to Cilcare’s team. His background aligns with Cilcare’s clinical focus, intertwining inner ear disorders with diabetes and CNS diseases, the company adds. 

“I am honored to join Cilcare as chief medical officer,” said Missoum. “I’m passionate about empowering global pharmaceutical projects lead by biotech companies to turn their visions into impactful solutions. Together, I’m convinced we can shape a future of transformative solutions in preventive, predictive, and personalized medicine, making a lasting impact on healthcare. Cilcare is at the forefront of innovation in the field of auditory sciences, and I look forward to contributing to the company’s mission to improve the lives of people with hearing issues and associated disorders.” 

Cilcare CEO Celia Belline, expressed confidence in Mr. Missoum’s appointment, highlighting his enlightened leadership and ability to inspire the company’s medical team: “Dr Missoum’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment in Cilcare’s growth as the company is expanding its clinical trial activity. With the launch of a second observational clinical trial in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients to define the presence of cochlear synaptopathy, and the preparation of Phase 2a for assessing our lead compound, CIL001, in the treatment of this form of hearing impairment, Dr Missoum’s leadership will be instrumental in driving our mission forward.”

Featured image: Cilcare CMO Dr Maimi Missoum. Photo: Cilcare