VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeneMax Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: GMXX; Frankfurt: GX1) GeneMax announced today that Konstantine Sarafis has been appointed as its Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective as of August 30th, 2004. Mr. Sarafis will be responsible for the development, coordination and execution of the company's operations, as well as developing opportunities for industry partnerships, marketing and financing.
Ronald L. Handford, President & CEO of GeneMax, stated, "Mr. Sarafis' extensive experience in the biotech sector will provide outstanding guidance for implementing our operational plan. This will support the achievement of the company's clinical and strategic development objectives. We expect Mr. Sarafis' appointment will accelerate the advancement to clinical trials of our lead product, the TAP-1 (Transporters Associated with Antigen Processing) cancer vaccine, and will help us develop a pipeline of related immunotherapy products through our assay technologies and strategic industry partnerships."
Mr. Sarafis said, "The technologies that GeneMax has under license are exciting and innovative. These new therapeutics harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer and other disease. I am look forward to implementing and executing GeneMax's strategic plan."
Mr. Sarafis is an experienced executive with a 13-year history of building, operating and mentoring biotechnology companies. He founded two biotechnology companies, the most recent being, Interomex Biopharmaceuticals Inc. where he was involved in arranging venture capital financing and running all aspects of business operations from 1998 through 2002. More recently Mr. Sarafis has been a full-time consultant to emerging biotechnology companies and academic institutions wishing to commercialize new technologies. Prior to entering the biotechnology sector, Mr. Sarafis was a researcher at UBC in the division of Medical Microbiology. Mr. Sarafis has extensive experience in managing intellectual property, licensing, finance, as well as marketing and he is well versed in corporate governance issues.
About GeneMax Corp.: GeneMax Corp. is a biotechnology company specializing in the discovery and development of immunotherapeutics for the treatment and eradication of cancer, therapies for infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders and prevention of transplant tissue rejection. The Company is in production of its TAP cancer vaccine in preparation for a Phase I/IIa clinical trial, expected to begin in mid-2005. The proof of principle for the TAP-1 vaccine was established in mice bearing metastatic small cell lung cancer tumors. This study was published in Nature Biotechnology (Vol. 18, pp 515-520, May 2000). In recent developments, research conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and The University of British Columbia showed that GeneMax's TAP-1 vaccine technology was able to produce an effective immune response against melanoma, a form of skin cancer, in mouse models of the disease, as published in Journal of Immunology (reference 1;172(9):5200- 5205, May 1, 2004).
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