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  • perssonbertil22 perssonbertil22 Sep 9, 2011 6:38 PM Flag

    OXiGENE Announces Changes to Board

    OXiGENE Announces Changes to Board of Directors

    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OXiGENE, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and eye diseases, today announced changes to the Board of Directors, including the appointment of Gerald McMahon, Ph.D. and the impending retirement of William Shiebler and Mark Kessel, each of whom having chosen to serve the remainder of their current terms on the Board of Directors but declining to stand for reelection at OXiGENE's upcoming 2011 Annual Meeting of the Stockholders to be held in the Fall.
    "As the company adopts a smaller and more streamlined structure, we have likewise consolidated our Board of Directors. Bill Shiebler and Mark Kessel have made great contributions during their tenure and we are tremendously grateful for their service," said OXiGENE Chief Executive Officer Peter J. Langecker, M.D., Ph.D. Bill Shiebler has served on the board for nearly 10 years including the past two years as Chairman. Mark Kessel was elected to the Board in 2008 as one of two nominees of Symphony Capital, the other being Dr. Alastair Wood, who will continue to serve as Symphony's nominee.
    "Looking to the future, we are delighted to welcome Jerry McMahon to OXiGENE's Board of Directors. Jerry's vast operational expertise, both as a scientist and an executive in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, will complement the composition of OXiGENE's Board of Directors in a vital area as we continue to advance the development of our vascular disrupting agents. We look forward to his contributions."
    Dr. McMahon joined MedImmune in 2010 and currently serves as senior vice president of research and development and head of the Oncology Innovative Medicines (iMED) unit leading the global R&D effort in oncology biologics for AstraZeneca. In the iMED role, he manages the functions to discover and develop the R&D pipeline including inlicensing, partnering, external alliances, and other investments.
    Dr. McMahon has spent more than 20 years as a business executive in the healthcare and biotech industries where he held various roles at Pfizer, Pharmacia, and Sandoz. In addition, Dr. McMahon was employed 10 years at SUGEN where he was instrumental to build the business leading to the successful discovery, development, and regulatory approvals of novel oncology drugs. Since his role as President of SUGEN in 2003, he served as a venture partner with Bay City Capital and also has served as CEO and in various board of director roles for public and private healthcare companies. He has held academic appointments at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Hematology & Oncology at the New England Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he has authored over 85 publications and holds 67 U.S. patents.
    Dr. McMahon holds a B.S. in biology and earned a Ph.D. in 1980 in biochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and held post-graduate appointments at Tufts Medical School in Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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