Enlivex Appoints Dr. Roger J. Pomerantz to its Board of Directors as Vice Chairman
Former Worldwide Head of Licensing and Acquisition and Knowledge Management at Merck & Co., where he led the completion of more than150 business development transactions
Former Global Head of Infectious Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals
Former Venture Partner at Flagship Pioneering, as well as the former President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Seres Therapeutics
Nes-Ziona, Israel, May 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: ENLV, the “Company”), a clinical-stage macrophage reprogramming immunotherapy company, today announced the appointment of Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., FACP, to its Board of Directors as Vice Chairman. Dr. Pomerantz is a pharmaceutical and biotech industry veteran who has led scientific, drug and business development functions throughout his stellar career.
Dr. Pomerantz has held notable positions in both large pharma and small biotech companies. He served as Worldwide Head of Licensing and Acquisition and Knowledge Management at Merck & Co., where he led the completion of more than 150 business development transactions, and as Global Head of Infectious Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals. Following his tenure with large pharma, Dr. Pomerantz joined Flagship Pioneering, which conceives, creates, and develops bioplatform companies. Since its launch in 2000, Flagship has originated more than 100 scientific ventures such as Moderna, collectively resulting in more than $140 billion in aggregate value. On behalf of Flagship, Dr. Pomerantz was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Chairman of the Board of Seres Therapeutics (Nasdaq: MCRB), a clinical stage biopharma company targeting the human microbiome. While at Seres, he helped close a significant business development transaction with Nestle Health Sciences for a $150 million up-front payment and a total transaction value of approximately $2 billion. Throughout his career, Dr. Pomerantz led the development of 13 drugs that have been approved and launched world-wide in a range of therapeutic areas. He is currently the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ContraFect Corporation (Nasdaq: CFRX), and serves as a Board member at several other biotech companies including Viracta Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIRX), Indaptus Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: INDP), Collplant Biotechnologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CLGN), and X-Vax Inc. Dr. Pomerantz received his B.A. in Biochemistry at Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received post-graduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Pomerantz is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. Prior to his career in the biotechnology industry, he was a tenured Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Molecular Pharmacology, Chief of Infectious Diseases, and the Founding Director and Chair of the Institute for Human Virology and Biodefense at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical School.
“It is an honor to join Enlivex as Vice Chairman of the Board at this important juncture in the Company’s evolution,” said Dr. Pomerantz. “I have always been interested in the role of macrophages across multiple diseases ever since I was an HIV researcher, and I am fascinated with the preclinical and clinical data demonstrating the broad applicability of Allocetra’s novel mechanism of action. These data highlight the potential of this next generation cell therapy to serve patients with a range of diseases characterized by imbalances in macrophage homeostasis. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Board members and the Company’s management team as we work to advance Allocetra’s development in sepsis and initiate its clinical program in solid tumors. With talented leadership, strong data, and expected cash runway into Q3 2024, I believe Enlivex is well positioned for sustained success.”
Shai Novik, Executive Chairman of the Board of Enlivex, stated, “Dr. Pomerantz’s business development acumen and track record of creating shareholder value by successfully developing drugs make him an ideal fit for Enlivex’s Board. We look forward to benefiting from his expert insights as we execute on our clinical and corporate strategy. It is my pleasure to welcome him to the Company as the Vice Chairman.”
Allocetra™ is being developed as a universal, off-the-shelf cell therapy designed to reprogram macrophages into their homeostatic state. Diseases such as solid cancers, sepsis, and many others reprogram macrophages out of their homeostatic state. These non-homeostatic macrophages contribute significantly to the severity of the respective diseases. By restoring macrophage homeostasis, Allocetra™ has the potential to provide a novel immunotherapeutic mechanism of action for life-threatening clinical indications that are defined as ”unmet medical needs”, as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with leading therapeutic agents.
Enlivex is a clinical stage macrophage reprogramming immunotherapy company developing Allocetra™, a universal, off-the-shelf cell therapy designed to reprogram macrophages into their homeostatic state. Resetting non-homeostatic macrophages into their homeostatic state is critical for immune system rebalancing and resolution of life-threatening conditions. For more information, visit https://enlivex.com/.
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