Histogen, a regenerative medicine biotech in San Diego, has a new CEO and chairman.

The company tapped Richard Pascoe, who will lead the company at what he called a pivotal time.

Chiefly, Histogen this year will read out final-stage data on HSC660, its lead drug candidate for hair loss.

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Richard Pascoe

Previously, he was the CEO of Apricus Biosciences, which is set to merge with Seelos Therapeutics, it was announced mid-month. Before Apricus, Pascoe was the CEO of Somaxon Pharmaceuticals and COO of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, among other positions.

Pascoe served as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army 24th Infantry Division where he earned a Bronze Star Medal during Operation Desert Storm. He received a bachelor’s in leadership from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He sits on the board of Biocom – and others.

Gail Naughton, Histogen’s founder, and CEO until mid-2017, is currently the company’s chief science officer and chief business development officer.

Life sciences and health care reporter Jared Whitlock can be reached at jwhitlock@sdbj.com or 858-634-4636.