SetPoint Medical, a clinical-stage biomedical technology company developing a bioelectronic therapy for chronic inflammatory diseases, announced today the appointment of David Chernoff, MD as Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Chernoff is a molecular diagnostics and biopharmaceutical industry veteran who has played pivotal roles in moving early stage R&D programs successfully through clinical development and product commercialization and evaluating a broad range of in-licensing opportunities. He will oversee all clinical development activities for SetPoint as the company continues to advance its bioelectronic medicine platform, reporting to Anthony Arnold, Chief Executive Officer of SetPoint Medical.
“The depth and breadth of David’s expertise in advancing and commercializing a wide range of products make him an ideal fit for SetPoint,” said Anthony Arnold, Chief Executive Officer of SetPoint Medical. “With his combination of senior clinical leadership experience and key commercial perspective, David is uniquely qualified to lead our clinical team as we prepare for the next phase of clinical development using our new proprietary bioelectronic medicine therapy.”
SetPoint is developing a novel proprietary bioelectronic medicine platform to treat a variety of inflammation-mediated autoimmune diseases, using an implanted device to stimulate the vagus nerve, activating the body’s natural Inflammatory Reflex to produce a systemic anti-inflammatory effect. The emerging field of bioelectronic medicine aims to address unmet patient needs by delivering digital doses to modulate physiological circuits to treat diseases historically treated with drugs in a more highly targeted fashion.
Dr. Chernoff points out, “This is a tremendous opportunity to create an entirely new category of therapeutics designed to treat autoimmune diseases using the rapidly advancing technology of bioelectronic medicine.” He went on to say, “SetPoint’s unique approach clearly establishes a novel path to meet the unmet needs of patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, and I look forward to becoming part of the SetPoint team poised to advance bioelectronic therapies and position the company for continued growth.”
Prior to joining SetPoint, Dr. Chernoff has served as a translational medicine consultant to more than 40 biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies and has held chief medical officer posts with a number of companies, including Crescendo Bioscience, Adamas Pharma, XDX, CardioDX, Tethys Biosciences and Aquinox Pharma. Dr. Chernoff was Vice President of Corporate Technology at Elan Pharmaceuticals and Medical Director at Chiron Diagnostics, where he played a pivotal role in the development of viral load assays for HIV, HCV, HBV and CMV. He was a principal with life sciences management consulting firm Keelin Reeds Ventures and entrepreneur in residence and operating partner at TPG Biotech VC Fund. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Yale University and an MD from New York University and completed his medical training and research in internal medicine, rheumatology and infectious disease at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He also served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Assistant Chief of Medicine at UCSF Medical Center.