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Biorasi’s Jimmy El Hokayem Appointed to Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics

May 5th, 2021 | Biorasi Spotlight | News

Miami, FL (May 5, 2021) – Biorasi, a leading global full-service contract research organization (CRO), is proud to announce the appointment of Jimmy El Hokayem, Ph.D., head of the company’s Neurology and Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST). In this role, Dr. El Hokayem will provide advisement and clinical trial expertise to support FAST in their goal of curing Angelman syndrome.

“FAST is so thrilled to welcome Dr. El Hokayem to join the scientific advisory board, where the members are deeply committed to ensuring that only the most translatable and cutting-edge scientific research is funded. This stellar team helps FAST maintain scientific momentum with the primary goal to bring meaningful therapeutics to humans living every day with Angelman syndrome,” said Dr. Allyson Berent, FAST’s Chief Science Officer. “Dr. El Hokayem has a really unique skillset in neuroscience, drug development and biotechnology strategy. This makes our collaborations with him incredibly exciting.”

Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a rare neurogenetic disorder that affects approximately one in 15,000 people. It is defined by balance issues, motor impairment and debilitating seizures in both children and adults. FAST was founded in 2008 with a mission to develop meaningful therapeutics for all individuals living with Angelman syndrome and is currently the largest non-governmental funder for this rare disease globally.

In addition to his recent appointment to SAB at FAST, Dr. Hokayem is Head of the Neurology and Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence and Associate Director of Program Development at Biorasi. With over twenty years’ experience in both academia and clinical research, he has focused his research on rare neurological diseases; namely on AS, where he was the first to demonstrate the long overlooked role of the transcriptional coactivation function of UBE3a in the pathobiology of AS, and opened new avenues for biomarker development.

Dr. El Hokayem received his Ph.D. from University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He continued his training with post-doctoral work at the University’s Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.

“FAST was such an integral part of my academic life. This outstanding foundation supported my work on AS for so many years. I am deeply humbled by this honor and by this opportunity to meaningfully contribute to FAST’s mission to cure AS.”

About Biorasi

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