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Dianthus Therapeutics Enhances Leadership Team with Appointment of Jeffrey Stavenhagen, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Stavenhagen brings over 20 years of experience in leading drug discovery initiatives, with a focus on monoclonal antibodies targeting neuro diseases

Jennifer Davis Ruff also named Vice President, Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs with over 20 years of experience at leading public biopharmaceutical companies

NEW YORK and WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dianthus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNTH), a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to advancing the next generation of antibody complement therapeutics to treat severe autoimmune diseases, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Stavenhagen, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer. In this role, Dr. Stavenhagen will lead the Company’s discovery and preclinical research and translational science initiatives.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jeff to the Dianthus team as we advance next-generation antibody therapeutics for patients living with severe autoimmune diseases. Dianthus has made tremendous progress with DNTH103, its active C1s inhibitor, and is on track to initiate three Phase 2 clinical trials in 2024 for generalized Myasthenia Gravis, Multifocal Motor Neuropathy, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy,” said Marino Garcia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dianthus Therapeutics. “Jeff has a proven track record as a leader in early-stage antibody and neuro drug development and has successfully advanced a number of new therapeutics into the clinic. His experience will be invaluable as we strategically expand our discovery initiatives to build a sustainable pipeline.”

Dr. Stavenhagen is a recognized expert in early-stage drug development, with more than 20 years of experience building and leading research teams to advance new therapeutic candidates into clinical development. He was most recently Chief Scientific Officer at Therini Bio, where he directed R&D initiatives leading to the development of a first-in-class monoclonal antibody for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. He previously served in leadership roles at Therachon, leading preclinical research and CMC, and Lundbeck, advancing its first internal antibody programs into clinical development for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Stavenhagen began his biotech career as the first employee of MacroGenics, where he built a novel antibody engineering platform that resulted in Margenza®, one of the first Fc optimized monoclonal antibodies on the market. Throughout his career, he has authored over 40 scientific patents and publications. Dr. Stavenhagen received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Columbia University and performed post-doctoral studies at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center in Seattle.

“It’s an exciting time to join Dianthus as the Company prepares to initiate three Phase 2 trials in 2024 for its potential best-in-class active C1s inhibitor, DNTH103,” said Dr. Stavenhagen. “I’ve been very impressed by Dianthus’ leadership and scientific teams, and I look forward to working with them to continue developing the Company’s drug discovery and translational research programs as we deliver on our mission of improving the lives of people with severe autoimmune diseases.”

In addition, Dianthus announced that Jennifer Davis Ruff has joined the Company as Vice President and Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs. She has more than 20 years of experience in investor relations and corporate communications in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. Ruff most recently served as Vice President, Investor Relations at Pyxis Oncology, where she led communications with investors and analysts. Previously, she held the roles of Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at TESARO, Director, Investor Relations at Pfizer, and Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at MGI Pharma. She earned a master’s degree in biotechnology from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa.

About Dianthus Therapeutics
Dianthus Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to designing and delivering novel, best-in-class monoclonal antibodies with improved selectivity and potency. Based in New York City and Waltham, Mass., Dianthus is comprised of an experienced team of biotech and pharma executives who are leading the development of next-generation antibody complement therapeutics, aiming to deliver transformative medicines for people living with severe autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. To learn more, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Jennifer Davis Ruff
Dianthus Therapeutics

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