SAN DIEGO, March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfenex Inc. (NYSE American: PFNX), a clinical-stage development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging its Pfēnex Expression Technology® to improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs, today announced the appointment of Magda Marquet, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors, February 28, 2019. Dr. Marquet was also appointed to serve as a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marquet to the Pfenex Board. We welcome the valuable insights and guidance she brings to the company, from her successful career building a commercial biotech business across the U.S. and Europe, as well as her expertise in drug development and manufacturing,” said Jason Grenfell-Gardner, Chairman of Pfenex. “Dr. Marquet has a history of creating a winning corporate culture of innovation and expertise in strategic growth and corporate governance.”
“I look forward to working with the rest of the Pfenex Board of Directors and management team at this ever-important point in the Company’s history. Pfenex has established a pipeline of key programs that offer significant near-term opportunities to drive shareholder value, as well as the ability to leverage its Pfēnex Expression Technology platform to generate exciting new programs,” stated Dr. Marquet.
Dr. Marquet has decades of experience in the biotechnology industry in the United States and Europe. Dr. Marquet co-founded Althea Technologies in 1998 and led the company as co-CEO for ten years until its acquisition by Ajinomoto in 2013. Currently, Dr. Marquet is the co-Founder and co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences, an early stage investment firm focusing on the creation and growth of innovative healthcare companies with an overall focus on prevention. Dr. Marquet is also the co-Founder of AltheaDx, a commercial stage precision medicine company with the world’s leading pharmacogenomics test for anxiety and depression.
Dr. Marquet serves as a board member of Arcturus Therapeutics (ARCT). She is an advisor to Mesa Verde Venture Partners and City National Bank. Dr. Marquet plays a pivotal role in developing San Diego’s entrepreneurial ecosystem where she serves on several non-profit boards, including BIOCOM, CONNECT, EDC and Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France.
About Pfenex Inc.
We are a clinical-stage development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging our Pfēnex Expression Technology® to develop and improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs. Using the patented Pfēnex Expression Technology platform, we have created an advanced pipeline of therapeutic equivalents, vaccines, biologics and biosimilars. The Company also uses its Pfēnex Expression Technology platform to produce CRM197, a diphtheria toxoid carrier protein used in prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Our lead product candidates are PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo® (teriparatide) for the treatment of osteoporosis, and our novel anthrax vaccine candidates, Px563L and RPA563, funded through an advanced development contract with the U.S. government. In addition, we are developing hematology/oncology products, including PF743, a recombinant crisantaspase, and PF745, a recombinant crisantaspase with half-life extension technology, in collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, our pipeline includes biosimilar candidates to Lucentis® and Neulasta®.
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Susan A. Knudson
Chief Financial Officer