CytoDyn Appoints Cyrus Arman, Ph.D., MBA, as President
VANCOUVER, Washington, July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytoDyn Inc. (OTCQB: CYDY) ("CytoDyn" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company developing leronlimab, a CCR5 antagonist with the potential for multiple therapeutic indications, today announced the appointment of Dr. Cyrus Arman as President effective July 9, 2022. Dr. Arman will be responsible for determining and leading the Company’s operating strategy for the future. It is anticipated that he will advance to Chief Executive Officer and be appointed to the Board of Directors within six months. Antonio Migliarese, who had been serving as interim President since late January, in addition to CFO, will resume his previous role as CFO.
Dr. Arman brings over 15 years of industry experience. Most recently, Dr. Arman served as Chief Business Officer for Nimble Therapeutics and was responsible for negotiating and implementing transactions, alliances, licensing agreements, and corporate strategy. Dr. Arman’s prior experience was as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at NEUVOGEN, Inc., an early-stage immuno-oncology company, where he was responsible for corporate development, business operations, and corporate strategy functions. Before NEUVOGEN, he was a director in Amgen’s Corporate Strategy group, contributing to rebuilding and running Amgen’s Global Competitive Intelligence and Strategy unit. Dr. Arman began his career as a management consultant, advising clients on complex strategic projects involving multi-billion-dollar business development investments and partnerships in the Biopharma and Diagnostics sectors. Dr. Arman also previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and has been published in various peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Arman earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work in Biopsychology at the University of California San Diego.
Tanya Urbach, Board Chair, commented, “Early in the process, Dr. Arman separated himself from the competition, diving deep into due diligence with a methodical, analytical and inspired approach. He has the intellectual capacity, experience, and character to lead CytoDyn into the future. Leveraging his unique blend of capital markets expertise, corporate governance experience, scientific knowledge and strategic thinking, Dr. Arman has the skills to competitively position the Company. The Board expects that CytoDyn will greatly and immediately benefit from Dr. Arman’s strategic ability to analyze and rank the Company’s various opportunities and potential indications, determine the clinical development path forward, and find the right partners to fund and advance the programs, thereby maximizing shareholder value. We welcome Dr. Arman and could not be more excited about his leadership of our company.”
Cyrus Arman, Ph.D., stated, “I look forward to uniting our teams and individuals in the pursuit of CytoDyn’s success through a renewed focus on the entrepreneurial spirit. Leronlimab is a unique molecule with the potential to help many individuals, particularly with unmet medical needs. We will focus on enhancing shareholder value through focused execution and refining of the path forward for leronlimab.”
CytoDyn is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of leronlimab, an investigational humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody (mAb) that is designed to bind to C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5), a protein on the surface of certain immune system cells that is believed to play a role in numerous disease processes. CytoDyn is studying leronlimab in multiple therapeutic areas, including infectious disease, cancer, and autoimmune conditions.
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Cristina De Leon