Harpoon Therapeutics Appoints Lauren Silvernail to Board of Directors
Industry veteran Lauren Silvernail brings over 30 years of experience in financial leadership roles at life science and related companies
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HARP), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing novel T cell engagers, today announced the appointment of Lauren Silvernail to its Board of Directors and as the Chairperson of its Audit Committee.
“We welcome Lauren to our Board of Directors. Her strategic, operational and financial experience in the life sciences industry will be a strong addition,” said Julie Eastland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics. “We look forward to Lauren’s guidance as we continue to execute our business plan and advance our novel class of T cell engagers in clinical trials.”
Lauren Silvernail has three decades of experience in lead financial and business development roles. She has led and played key roles in a broad range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and financings. She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of Evolus, Inc., an aesthetic medicine company, where she led fundraising activities and helped establish the infrastructure for the U.S. commercial launch of the company’s first approved product. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer at Revance Therapeutics, Inc. and held corporate development roles at ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc., Allergan and other companies. Lauren is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Nicox S.A., an international ophthalmology company. She earned an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a B.A. in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.
“My experience has shown me that both strong science and passionate people are necessary for a company to accomplish its mission, and I believe Harpoon’s proprietary platforms and dedicated workforce represent a company on the path to success,” said Lauren Silvernail. “I am pleased to partner with Julie and my fellow Board members as we continue to progress Harpoon’s pipeline of T cell engagers.”
About Harpoon Therapeutics
Harpoon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body’s immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. T cell engagers are engineered proteins that direct a patient’s own T cells to kill target cells that express specific proteins, or antigens, carried by the target cells. Using its proprietary Tri-specific T cell Activating Construct (TriTAC®) platform, Harpoon is developing a pipeline of novel TriTACs initially focused on the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Harpoon has also developed a proprietary ProTriTAC™ platform, which applies a prodrug concept to its TriTAC platform to create a therapeutic T cell engager that remains inactive until it reaches the tumor. Harpoon’s third proprietary technology platform, extended release TriTAC-XR, is designed to mitigate cytokine release syndrome. For additional information about Harpoon Therapeutics, please visit www.harpoontx.com.
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