Sector Expert: Pamela Pavco
Dr. Pamela Pavco currently serves as Chief Development Officer for RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp. She joined RXi Pharmaceuticals in March of 2007 and most recently served as the senior vice president of Pharmaceutical Development until April 2012. Dr. Pavco has over 25 years of research and development experience in oligonucleotides and was senior director, research and development project management at Sirna Therapeutics from 2002 until 2006. Dr. Pavco has authored numerous scientific articles and contributed to approximately 58 patents and patent applications in the oligonucleotide therapeutics field. Dr. Pavco received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 and did her post-doctoral work at Duke University.
RXi Pharmaceuticals' proprietary self-delivering RNAi (sd-rxRNA) platform offers efficient delivery to cells ex vivo, an application with tremendous potential in immuno-oncology. It's no surprise then that RXi has acquired MirImmune, a company that has been focusing on the next generation of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, Geert Cauwenbergh, RXi's President and CEO; Alexey Eliseev, Chief Business Officer; and Pam Pavco, Chief Development Officer, discuss their technologies, the merger and why they believe that in 10 years pure chemotherapy could be relegated to the treatment of last resort.