Former Alvotech Exec Jumps Ship to Pfenex as CEO
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pfenex Inc. (NYSE MKT: PFNX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the development of biosimilar therapeutics, including high value and difficult to manufacture proteins, today announced the appointment of Evert (Eef) Schimmelpennink as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Secretary effective August 3, 2017. Mr. Schimmelpennink was also appointed to serve as a Class III member of the board of directors effective August 3, 2017. Patrick Lucy, who held the post of Interim Chief Executive Officer, President, and Secretary will continue in his role as Chief Business Officer.
Schimmelpennink, 45, brings to Pfenex a broad base of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experience with strategic and functional expertise across corporate development, commercial operations, manufacturing and R&D. Prior to joining Pfenex, Schimmelpennink served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alvotech, a biosimilar development company, Vice President Global Injectables at Pfizer and Vice President Global Generics of Hospira.
"We believe Eef's experience is ideal for driving products from development through commercialization, while also leveraging business development opportunities to unlock further value from our unique patented protein production platform," said Jason Grenfell-Gardner, Pfenex's chairman. "Furthermore, his prior experiences are directly applicable to Pfenex as we seek to advance our product candidates through development and towards commercialization." He added, "The board would also like to thank Patrick Lucy for his strong interim leadership during which time the company has made great progress."
Schimmelpennink stated, "This is a remarkable company with a unique opportunity for growth, made up of employees dedicated to expanding patient access to important medicines by developing biosimilar therapeutics. I am excited to join the Company at such a pivotal point in its development and look forward to leading Pfenex's team and building an industry success."
Schimmelpennink received a Masters in bioprocess engineering from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
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About Pfenex Inc.
Pfenex Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company engaged in the development of biosimilar therapeutics and high-value and difficult to manufacture proteins. The Company's lead product candidates are PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo (teriparatide) for the treatment of osteoporosis, and PF582, a biosimilar candidate to Lucentis (ranibizumab), for the potential treatment of patients with retinal diseases. Pfenex has leveraged its Pfnex Expression Technology® platform to build a pipeline of product candidates and preclinical products under development including other biosimilars, as well as vaccines, therapeutic equivalents to reference listed drug products, and next generation biologics.
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