SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KBIO) today announced the appointment of Donald R. Joseph as Chief Legal Officer. Mr. Joseph brings to KaloBios almost 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience and has worked in both public and private companies, as well as major global health non-profit organizations.
"Don has a long and successful track record as a general counsel and senior executive and his knowledge and experience will serve KaloBios well," said David Pritchard, KaloBios President and Chief Executive Officer. "Moreover, his primary therapeutic areas of experience, which include oncology, infectious diseases, and antibody technology, are directly relevant to KaloBios' own pipeline of patient-targeted, first-in-class monoclonal antibodies. I am very pleased to welcome Don to the KaloBios management team."
Mr. Joseph has served as general counsel, corporate secretary and in other senior management roles at biopharmaceutical companies, including Abgenix and Renovis. In addition to his legal responsibilities, Mr. Joseph has also played a significant role in numerous financings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances.
"I am very pleased to be joining KaloBios at this important time in its growth and development as an emerging biopharmaceutical company. The KaloBios pipeline and patient-targeted approach are very exciting. I am looking forward to contributing to the further success of the company," Mr. Joseph commented.
Most recently, Mr. Joseph has been a senior executive in global health organizations. He was CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) from February to November 2012 and COO from April 2010 to January 2012. He is currently Chairman of the BVGH board of directors. He has also served as COO at the Institute for OneWorld Health, a non-profit drug development company. In both organizations, he was also responsible for the legal function in addition to his other responsibilities. Before entering the life sciences industry, Mr. Joseph practiced business law for a number of years in major firms, including as an international partner at Baker & McKenzie, one of the world's largest law firms. Mr. Joseph received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors.
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is developing a portfolio of proprietary, patient-targeted, first-in-class monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) designed to treat serious life-threatening or debilitating disease for which there is an unmet medical need with a clinical focus on serious respiratory diseases and cancer.
Currently, KaloBios has three drug development programs:
- KB003, an anti-GM-CSF mAb with potential to treat inflammatory diseases, is being developed for the treatment of severe asthma and is currently enrolling patients in a 150 patient Phase 2 study in the United States, Europe and Australia.
- KB001-A, an anti-PcrV mAb fragment, is partnered exclusively with Sanofi and is being developed for the prevention and treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infection. KaloBios has retained rights for the cystic fibrosis (CF) indication and has initiated a 180 patient Phase 2 study in CF subjects with chronic Pa infection in the United States. Sanofi is pursuing a ventilator associated pneumonia prevention indication in the intensive care setting, an indication which has received U.S. FDA Fast Track Designation.
- KB004, an anti-EphA3 mAb, has potential in treating hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. KaloBios is currently testing this drug in a Phase 1 study in subjects with hematologic malignancies.
All of the company's antibodies were generated using its proprietary Humaneered® technology, a method that converts nonhuman antibodies (typically mouse) into recombinant antibodies that have a high binding affinity to their target and are designed for chronic therapeutic use. The company believes that antibodies produced using its Humaneered® technology offer important clinical and economic advantages over antibodies generated by other methods in terms of high binding affinity, high manufacturing yields, and minimal to no immunogenicity (inappropriate immune response) upon repeat administration in humans.
For more information on KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, please visit our web site at http://www.kalobios.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including: the statements under the heading "Anticipated Upcoming Milestones for 2013-2014"; and statements regarding the company's clinical development of KB001-A, KB003 and KB004. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, they give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct and you should be aware that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the company's limited cash reserves and its ability to obtain additional capital on acceptable terms, or at all, including the additional capital which will be necessary to complete the clinical trials that the company has initiated or plans to initiate; the company's dependence on Sanofi Pasteur for the development and commercialization of KB001-A; the company's ability to successfully complete further development of its programs; the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing; the timing, cost and uncertainty of obtaining regulatory approvals; the company's ability to protect the company's intellectual property; competition; changes in the regulatory landscape or the imposition of regulations that affect the company's products; and other factors listed under "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2013 and the company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The company has no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, revise or correct any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Jeffrey H. Cooper
Chief Financial Officer
KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Joan E. Kureczka
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