COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 2, 2004--After a nationwide search, OncoImmune Ltd, developer of therapeutics for diseases that include multiple sclerosis and cancer, announced today that it has named Michael C. Luecke Chief Executive Officer.
Luecke's experience includes more than 25 years of leading both small biotechnology and major pharmaceutical companies. He was CEO of two successful San Diego biotechnology startups - Clonetics and Angstrom. His knowledge of immunotherapeutics, oncology and autoimmune diseases is complemented by a strong track record in corporate partnering and extensive contacts in the investment community.
"We are enormously pleased that Mr. Luecke has joined our team," said Dr. Yang Liu, chairman and co-founder of OncoImmune. "His extensive expertise in both biotechnology companies and large pharmaceutical companies makes him eminently qualified to lead OncoImmune. This addition to our team will accelerate corporate growth, clinical development and strategic alliances for our emerging product pipeline.
Located in the Business Technology Center, three-year-old OncoImmune has received numerous NIH grants and support through Ohio's Technology Action Fund. The Company has licensed a strong portfolio of proprietary technologies based on discoveries made by eminent scientists at Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Washington University in St. Louis.
"This is a very exciting time to join OncoImmune," Luecke commented. "We are poised to make a rapid transition from a research-based startup with great science into a drug development biopharmaceutical company with large market potential and multiple products."
Luecke also was formerly the west coast partner for the Mattson Jack Group, a leading pharmaceutical consulting firm. Previously, he was Director of Business Development at Bristol-Myers in New York, and earlier was Director of Corporate Strategy Development at SmithKline in Philadelphia and a manager with Novartis. He holds an MBA from Northwestern and BS from Notre Dame.
OncoImmune Dr. Li-Hui Xu, 614-340-1686