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· Focus on most important value drivers in the short-term
· Experienced senior executives added to the management board
· Core functions will be centralized in Munich
· Million Euro cost savings expected from restructuring measures
Berlin, Germany, October 1, 2012 - MagForce AG (Frankfurt, XETRA: MF6), a
leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine with a focus on
oncology, today announced additions to the management board and further
to enforce commercialization of NanoTherm® therapy. Thus, focusing on
establishing the NanoTherm® therapy in the oncology market as well as
commercialization for near-term value generation.
In the short to mid term, MagForce will dedicate its financial resources to
post marketing trial in glioblastoma, which is expected to start in early
and is supposed to make a significant contribution to its strategic
Simultaneously, the Company will also focus on the commercialization of its
NanoTherm® therapy with its distribution partners including DELRUS and
development partners such as the Mayo Clinic for gastro-intestinal cancer
the Department of Urology at Duesseldorf University for prostate cancer, as
as the production of nanoparticles.
In line with this strategy, the Company's core functions, including
business development, medical affairs plus legal & IP will be concentrated
the MagForce site in Munich where these teams are already located.
nanoparticles, NanoActivators(™), software engineering as well as the
department will remain at the Company's registered office in Berlin. All
research activities will be reduced to a minimum and will be outsourced as
In this respect experienced senior executives are added to the management
Prof Dr Hoda Tawfik, currently VP Clinical Development and Medical Affairs,
be appointed COO. Christian von Volkmann, currently acting CFO, will assume
position of CFO, both effective immediately. They will jointly lead the
as co-CEOs going forward. The founder and long-term Board member Dr Andreas
Jordan will step down from the management board of MagForce to pursue new
projects, but will continue to serve the Company as an advisor.
Along with these measures the headcount of MagForce will be reduced from 27
12. These measures are meant to annually save the Company a seven digit
"With this restructuring MagForce is completing a period of important
refocus. In the short-term, we have to concentrate all our efforts and
resources on the development of strategic partnerships as well as on
establishing NanoTherm® therapy in the area of oncology. Thus,
the post-marketing clinical study planned at different sites in Germany,
is critical to achieving acceptance of our NanoTherm® therapy in the
medical community. We are encouraged about the progress we are making and
to ensure that we translate this momentum into commercial success,"
Prof Dr Hoda Tawfik, COO of MagForce AG.
"The implementation of these measures announced today are essential to
the commercialization of NanoTherm® therapy," commented Norbert Neef,
of the Supervisory Board of MagForce AG. "We strongly regret that this
restructuring results in lay-offs and I thank all employees for their
support. We sincerely thank Dr Jordan for his long term commitment and
in the previous years. We are glad that Dr. Jordan will continue to
as an advisor."
About MagForce AG
MagForce AG is a leading medical technology company in the field of
in oncology. The Company's proprietary, NanoTherm® therapy, enables
treatment of solid tumors through the intratumoral generation of heat via
activation of magnetic nanoparticles. NanoTherm®, NanoPlan®, and
NanoActivator(™) are components of the therapy and have received EU-wide
regulatory approval as medical devices for the treatment of brain tumors.
MagForce, NanoTherm®, NanoPlan®, and NanoActivator(™) are
MagForce AG in select countries.
For more information, please visit www.magforce.com.
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