Surrozen Strengthens Board of Directors with the Appointment of Eric Bjerkholt

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surrozen, Inc. (“Surrozen” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SRZN), a company pioneering targeted therapeutics that selectively activate the Wnt pathway for tissue repair and regeneration, today announced that Eric Bjerkholt has been appointed to the Board of Directors. Surrozen’s Board of Directors now includes nine members with extensive experience across diverse disciplines in biotechnology and pharmaceutical development.

Mr. Bjerkholt brings extensive business leadership experience across a broad range of roles and is currently CFO of Chinook Therapeutics. He most recently served as CFO of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. overseeing the financial reporting, budgeting, internal controls, investor relations, business development, facilities and information technology functions and led the acquisition of Aimmune by Nestle Health Science for $2.6 billion. He also spent 13 years at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where in addition to CFO, he served in various capacities, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Finance, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, Mr. Bjerkholt held senior executive finance roles at IntraBiotics Pharmaceuticals, Inc, LifeSpring Nutrition, Inc. and Age Wave, LLC and spent seven years in healthcare investment banking at J.P. Morgan & Company, Inc. He is currently a member of the board of directors and chair of the Audit Committee of CalciMedica, Inc. and member of the board of directors of Cerus Corporation. Mr. Bjerkholt holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Cand.oecon. from the University of Oslo in Norway.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Eric’s diverse experience and record of accomplishments join the Surrozen Board,” said Craig Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Surrozen. “I’m confident Surrozen will benefit from Eric’s insights, strategic acumen and broad biotechnology industry experience.”

“This is an exciting time to join the Surrozen Board,” said Mr. Bjerkholt. “I look forward to working with the team as they focus on developing breakthrough technologies to selectively activate the Wnt pathway in disease areas where there is significant unmet medical need.”

About Surrozen

Surrozen is a clinical stage biotechnology company discovering and developing drug candidates to selectively modulate the Wnt pathway. Surrozen is developing tissue-specific antibodies designed to engage the body’s existing biological repair mechanisms with a current focus on inflammatory bowel, severe liver and eye diseases. Please visit www.surrozen.com for more information.

Forward Looking Statements

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