Better Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey to its Board of Directors
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2021 — Better Therapeutics, Inc., a prescription digital therapeutics company delivering cognitive behavioral therapy to address the root causes of cardiometabolic diseases, today announced the appointment of Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey to its board of directors; she will also serve as Compensation Committee chair.
“Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey brings critical insights into health policy, as well as her background as a primary care physician at a critical juncture for Better Therapeutics,” said David Perry, co-founder and chairman of Better Therapeutics. “Her experience and counsel will help us establish our prescription digital therapeutics as the new standard of care for people with cardiometabolic diseases.”
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey joins the board after previously serving in various high-level roles under three presidential administrations, including as Deputy Administrator for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research under President George H.W. Bush’s administration, as quality of care chair for President Bill Clinton’s panels on health care, and on President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Her career combines geriatric medicine and health policy, focusing on disease, disability, prevention, and healthcare issues among minorities. She brings hands-on experience in the fields of research and academia, as a primary care provider, and health policy on a national level with an acute understanding of minority suffering and disenfranchisement.
“I welcome this opportunity to extend my expertise and contribute to the success of Better Therapeutics, which I believe has the potential to truly be transformative in treating cardiometabolic diseases,” said Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey.
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey currently serves as an independent director and Nominating &Governance Committee member for Intel (NYSE: INTC), an independent director and Compensation & Benefits Committee member for Merck (NYSE: MRK), and as an independent director and Governance & Public Affairs committee member for General Electric (NYSE: GE). Risa is the recipient of numerous awards, including twenty honorary doctorates. She has appeared on Forbes’ list of the most important women in the world eight times, and as one of Modern Healthcare’s one hundred most influential people in health care eleven times.
“Prescription digital therapeutics is a rapid evolving sector of the life science industry, and Better Therapeutics' digitally-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the root causes of disease has the potential to become standard practice in cardiometabolic disease treatment,” added Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey.
Boardspan Inc. served as an advisor to Better Therapeutics in this appointment.
About Better Therapeutics
Better Therapeutics has created a platform for the development of prescription digital therapeutics (PDT) for the treatment of diabetes, heart disease and other cardiometabolic conditions. The Better Therapeutics platform blends clinical, behavioral and psychological inputs into a series of therapy lessons and skill-building modules designed to isolate and shift the underlying thoughts and beliefs which guide diet and lifestyle behaviors that are the root causes of a wide range of cardiometabolic diseases. The delivery of behavioral therapy enables changes in neural pathways of the brain and leads to behavioral change. These therapies and the resulting changes hold the potential to lower healthcare costs to treat these conditions and improve patient health.
Better Therapeutics’ first PDT (BT-001) is being evaluated in a pivotal trial as a treatment for type 2 diabetes used under physician supervision. It is anticipated that following marketing authorization, primary care providers will prescribe, and insurers will reimburse Better Therapeutics’ PDTs much like they would a traditional medication.
About Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II
Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Mountain Crest II's efforts to identify a prospective target business will not be limited to a particular industry or geographic region, although the company intends to focus on operating businesses in North America.
On April 6, 2021 Better Therapeutics entered into a definitive merger agreement with Mountain Crest Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: MCAD) (“Mountain Crest II”), a special purpose acquisition company for a proposed business combination.
In connection with the proposed business combination between Mountain Crest II and Better Therapeutics, Mountain Crest II will file a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus (the “Form S-4”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Form S-4 will include a proxy statement to be distributed to holders of Mountain Crest II’s common stock in connection with Mountain Crest II’s solicitation of proxies for the vote by Mountain Crest II’s shareholders with respect to the proposed transaction and other matters as described in the Form S-4, as well as the prospectus relating to the offer of securities to be issued to Better Therapeutics’ stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination. After the Form S-4 has been filed and declared effective, Mountain Crest II will mail a definitive proxy statement, when available, to its stockholders. Investors and security holders and other interested parties are urged to read the Form S-4, any amendments thereto and any other documents filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about Mountain Crest II, Better
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