Pfenex Names Susan A. Knudson as CFO



SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pfenex Inc. (NYSE American: PFNX) today announced the appointment of Susan A. Knudson as Chief Financial Officer, effective February 1, 2018.

"After a thorough search, we are pleased to welcome Susan to the Pfenex team as our Chief Financial Officer," said Eef Schimmelpennink, Chief Executive Officer of Pfenex. "Susan joins us at an important time in our evolution. Her breadth of financial and operational expertise, accomplishments and track record as a strong business leader with more than 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry will serve us well as we continue to execute our growth strategy."

Ms. Knudson most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Neothetics, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, where she led the company's strategic and corporate finance activities. Prior to her role at Neothetics, Ms. Knudson served as Senior Director of Finance and Administration at Avera Pharmaceuticals, where she drove financing strategy, and was an integral part of the business development team interacting with multinational pharmaceutical companies.

"I am excited to join Pfenex at this important time in the company's development as it advances its deep and diverse pipeline of product candidates," said Ms. Knudson. "I look forward to working with Eef and the Pfenex team to help maximize the value of its development programs and position the company overall to deliver significant value for our shareholders."

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About Pfenex Inc.

Pfenex Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing complex therapeutic proteins. Using the patented Pfenex Expression Technology® platform, the company has created an advanced pipeline of therapeutic equivalents, vaccines, biologics and biosimilars. The company's lead product candidates are PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo® (teriparatide) for the treatment of osteoporosis, and its novel anthrax vaccine candidates, Px563L and RPA563, funded through an advanced development contract with the US government. In addition, Pfenex is developing hematology/oncology products in collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, the company's pipeline includes biosimilar candidates to Lucentis® and Neulasta®.

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