News and Current Events


André Harrell Joins the iMBP Corporation Advisory Board

February 7th, 2019

The management team of iMetabolic Biopharma Corporation (Tempe, AZ) is pleased to welcome Mr. André Harrell as it its newest member to the team. With a career spanning over three decades in commercial leadership roles, Mr. Harrell currently is President and CEO at AH2 & Beyond Consulting; specializing in global commercial strategies and corporate development. André’s worked with fortune 100 companies with experiences that have spanned both domestic and international in key executive leadership roles that include: Global Brand Product Marketing, Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pricing Margin Management, and Global Commercial Operations. 

Mr. Harrell will be joining Dr. Martin Emanuele (Visgenx) on the Business Advisory Board and will undoubtedly become a great contributor to the company.

Medical College of Wisconsin Researcher Joins the iMBP Corporation Advisory Board

November 28th, 2018

The management team of iMetabolic Biopharma Corporation (Tempe, AZ) is pleased to welcome Dr. Kirkwood A. Pritchard Jr. as it its newest member to the team. With a career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Pritchard is a Professor of Surgery with Tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI). His current area of interest is in cardiovascular disease and stroke; which is strongly supported by his background in lipid metabolism and dyslipidemia. Dr. Pritchard received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has since amassed a large number of notable achievements including over 125 peer reviewed publications and several million dollars in NIH grant awards.

Dr. Pritchard will be joining a notable team on the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Other members include Drs. Gerald I. Shulman (Yale School of Medicine/HHMI), Randall W. Nelson (ASU/retired), Christopher Larson (Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Discovery Institute), Martin Emanuele (LifeRaft, Inc) and Michael Briggs (Woodland Pharmaceuticals, LLC). 

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Announces Partnership with iMBP Corporation

November 21, 2018

Ligand Pharmaceuticals (San Diego, CA; NASDAQ: LGND) announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with iMetabolic Biopharma Corporation (iMBP), an early stage startup company based in Tempe, AZ developing novel precision medicine therapeutics for the treatment of obesity related diseases.  Specific financial information of the agreement were not disclosed, but did include Ligand taking an equity position within the startup company.

In a statement from iMBP Founder & CEO Dr. Urban A. Kiernan, "We are fortunate to have identified a partner in Ligand Pharmaceuticals at such an early stage of our evolution.  This is a very exciting time for our company, team and shareholders."  

Follow the link below to Business Wire press release.

Dr. Urban A. Kiernan Appears in CEO CFO Magazine

November 19, 2018

Dr. Urban A Kiernan, CEO of iMetabolic Biopharma Corporation (Tempe, AZ),  appeared in the latest issue of CEO CFO Magazine.

The link to the interview is found below. 

iMBP Corporation Intensifies its Focus in Creating a Solution for Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome

September 17th, 2018

iMetabolic Biopharma Corporation (iMBP) has announced it has taken steps in making its early stage drug a viable candidate for the treatment of the orphan disease Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome (FCS). FCS is a rare genetic disorder that inhibits the body from being able to digest dietary fats. High levels of these fats can lead to several life-threatening complications.  Last month the FDA denied approval of the drug Volanesorsen, a jointly sponsored program by Ionis/Akcea as a treatment for regulating blood fat for FCS patients. From disclosed portions of the FDA response, the reasoning was based on the overall safety profile of Volanesorsen. With the FCS community still searching for a therapeutic option, iMBP understands the gravity of this challenge. 

In a statement from iMBP’s CEO Dr. Urban Kiernan, “Our team recognizes the burden felt by FCS patients and their families. It was heart breaking to see a drug (Volanesorsen) raise so much hope to become the first approved therapy to help patients with this debilitating disease and to only come up short. As iMBP is developing a drug that can also be used to truly help these patients in a safe and effective manner; we are obligated to take on the additional task to do our best to get these patients a treatment option that they deserve.”

For more information of FCS, please visit

iMBP Corporation to Present at White Hat Investors Conference

August 20th, 2018

iMBP Corporation was selected to present  at the 2018 White Hat Investors Conference this October. The conference is put on by the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) as a biannual event, and will be held October 3rd & 4th at the Phoenix Convention Center. The conference will feature  life science innovators from across the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region. 

The selection of the presenting companies at the White Hat Conference was a competitive process that was judged by a diverse group of life science investors.

Follow the link to the press release by AZBio.