Kura Oncology Appoints James Basta as Chief Legal Officer

November 4, 2019 at 7:30 AM EST
– Former Biogen senior counsel brings more than 20 years of combined in-house and law firm experience –

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kura Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: KURA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer, today announced the appointment of James Basta as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Basta will also serve as the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer.

“We are privileged to have an executive of Jim’s caliber join our senior leadership team,” said Troy Wilson, Ph.D., J.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Kura Oncology. “Jim brings more than two decades of experience providing legal guidance and leadership to companies. His deep background in biotechnology, coupled with his expertise in securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing and healthcare compliance, make him well-suited for this role as we work to maximize the value of our pipeline of wholly owned, clinical-stage oncology assets.”

Mr. Basta joins Kura with more than 20 years of combined in-house corporate and law firm experience. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Corporation Counsel at Biogen, where he managed the legal representation for Biogen’s securities filings, board of directors, business development, finance and tax, corporate affairs, employment and information technology. Prior to joining Biogen in 2006, he was Partner, Corporate and Securities Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie. Mr. Basta earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

“I am excited to join Kura at a time when the company is well positioned for growth,” said Mr. Basta. “I am impressed by the quality of its clinical programs, the depth of its senior leadership team and the opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to working with the team, offering a balance of strong business partnering and corporate guardianship.”

About Kura Oncology

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to realizing the promise of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s pipeline consists of small molecule drug candidates that target cancer signaling pathways where there is a strong scientific and clinical rationale to improve outcomes by identifying those patients most likely to benefit from treatment. Kura’s lead drug candidate is tipifarnib, a farnesyl transferase inhibitor, for which the Company is conducting a registration-directed trial in recurrent or metastatic patients with HRAS mutant head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, tipifarnib is being evaluated in multiple other Phase 2 clinical trials in solid tumor and hematologic indications. Kura’s pipeline also includes KO-947, an ERK inhibitor, and KO-539, a menin-MLL inhibitor, both of which are currently in Phase 1 dose-escalation trials. For additional information about Kura, please visit the Company’s website at www.kuraoncology.com.

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Source: Kura Oncology, Inc.