Anthony P D Ford

Anthony P D Ford


Roles in PharmNovo: Business advisor and Director of the board.

Born: 1965.

Education: Ph.D. Trained in neuropharmacology and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Other current appointments: Chief executive officer, Curasen Inc.

Work experience: Co-founded Afferent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2009 and served as its Chief Scientific Officer until it’s take over by Merck in 2016. Dr. Ford has more than 20 years of research and development experience at Roche (where he served as Vice President) Syntex and Afferent, having led the progression of several novel drug candidates into early clinical development, focused particularly in the areas of pain and genitourinary therapeutics. He was also responsible for the development of AF-219, a selective P2X3 antagonist for the treatment of pathologic cough.

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July 17, 2024

17.5m EUR blended funding from EIC

PharmNovo is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a 2.5m EUR grant and an opportunity for up to 15m EUR equity investment from the European Innovation Council (EIC) for innovative pain treatment. The equity part being contingent on investments of equal amounts from co-investors.

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June 5, 2024

PharmNovo presenting at the Global Forum

On May 29–30, BioStock hosted the Global Forum. The event is the first of its kind, aimed at bringing together growth stage Nordic life science companies looking to expand into new markets and experts armed with a profound knowledge of how business is done across the globe.

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March 21, 2024

Positive final Phase I results

The final results from the Phase I clinical for our neuropathic pain drug candidate PN6047, demonstrates safety and tolerability and a lack of the adverse effects commonly associated with conventional opioids. The findings from the Phase I trial show that PN6047 is safe and well-tolerated at the doses tested, with no serious adverse events reported.

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March 10, 2024

Meet Bengt von Mentzer, founder and Chief scientific advisor

Bengt von Mentzer founded PharmNovo 16 years ago, and today, his visionary approach and scientific process still drive the development of the groundbreaking compound PN6047. At the intersection of innovation and scientific leadership, Bengt von Mentzer is paving the way for how to reshape the landscape of chronic pain treatment.

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