VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeneMax Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: GMXX; Frankfurt and Berlin: GX1) today announced two additions to the Board of Directors: Dr. Terry Pearson and Mr. Norman MacKinnon. Dr. Terry Pearson, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria received his BSc. and Ph.D degrees in microbiology and immunology from the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. After postdoctoral work at the prestigious Medical Research Council Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England ("MRC Unit"), Professor Pearson worked as a staff scientist in the Cell Biology Division of the MRC Unit where, together with George Kohler and Caeser Milstein, he was involved in the initial developments of monoclonal antibodies, a technology that revolutionized diagnostics and immunotherapeutics. He also served as staff scientist at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya. A guest speaker at numerous institutions and international meetings, Dr. Pearson served as a Trustee of the Terry Fox Medical Research Foundation and as a Director of the Science Council of British Columbia. Dr. Pearson was the recipient of the Inaugural Award for Excellence in Science Teaching at the University of Victoria. He continues in collaborative vaccine research with laboratories in Europe, the USA, and Africa aimed at halting tropical and viral infection through vaccination. Professor Pearson's scientific interests include the development of new monoclonal antibody techniques, the development and use of immunodiagnostics, and the development of novel vaccine approaches. Professor Pearson commented, "I am excited to participate in the commercial developments at GeneMax. The technologies and therapeutics currently under development are outstanding and truly innovative and I believe should have considerable impact on patient care in the future."
The Company also welcomes Mr. Norman MacKinnon as a director of the Company. Mr. MacKinnon articled with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG), and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1961. From 1962 to 1964, Mr. MacKinnon was Audit manager with Griffiths & Griffiths. In 1965, Mr. MacKinnon started his own accounting practice. From 1968 to 1972, Mr. MacKinnon was president & chief executive officer of Imaginaction International Ltd., a venture capital company, involved with start-ups and acquisitions. From 1972 to 1984, Mr. MacKinnon was Senior Partner, specializing in taxation, for the public practice firm of MacKinnon, Sapera, Lewis & McDonald. From 1972 to the present, Mr. MacKinnon has served on the Board of numerous public companies, assisting as independent director in the finance function. He has also been involved in the development of several private companies. Mr. MacKinnon has acted in many Public Service roles throughout his career, including serving on various committees of the B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants, and serving on the board of the Borstal Association of British Columbia, of which he was made a life member.
Ronald Handford, President and CEO of GeneMax commented, "These appointments bring further scientific and public company capability to the Board, and will be a great asset to us as the rate of our business development increases."
Audit Committee Established: In order to facilitate the various functions of the Board of Directors, the Board has created an Audit Committee in compliance with SEC regulations. The Company's Audit Committee is chaired by the Company's new director, Mr. MacKinnon.
About GeneMax Corp.: GeneMax Corp. is a biotechnology company specializing in the discovery and development of immunotherapeutics aimed at the treatment and eradication of cancer, and therapies for infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders and transplant tissue rejection.
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