BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - August 10, 2017) - Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PIRS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company advancing novel biotherapeutics through its proprietary Anticalin® technology platform for cancer, respiratory and other diseases, announced that it has appointed Allan Reine as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective yesterday, August 9, 2017. Dr. Reine is an accomplished healthcare investor and brings to Pieris a wealth of capital markets experience, a deep biotech background, and a strong scientific acumen.
"It's a pleasure to welcome Allan to the Pieris team at this exciting phase," commented Stephen Yoder, President and CEO. "His medical background, industry network, and successful track record as a growth-focused healthcare investor bring unprecedented strategic value to the Company from a corporate finance perspective."
Prior to joining Pieris, from 2012 through August 2017, Dr. Reine was a portfolio manager at Lombard Odier Asset Management, where he ran a healthcare portfolio focused on biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Before joining Lombard Odier, Dr. Reine served as a healthcare portfolio manager at various funds, from 2003 through 2012 including Citi Principal Strategies, SAC Capital, Trivium Capital and Alexandra Investment Management. Dr. Reine began his career in 2001 at CIBC World Markets where he worked in both biotechnology investment banking and biotechnology equity research. Dr. Reine received his M.D. from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor of Science in Statistical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.
"I'm delighted to be joining Pieris at such an exciting time for the Company," added Dr. Reine. "Having closely followed the company as an investor for several years, I look forward to having a hands-on role during a period of great value creation as multiple differentiated Anticalin programs enter clinical studies."
In connection with the hiring of Dr. Reine, in addition to other compensation disclosed in the Company's Second Quarter 2017 Report on Form 10-Q, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the grant to Dr. Reine of a non-qualified stock option to purchase up to 450,000 shares of the Company's common stock, effective as of the first day of his employment. The option grant is an inducement material to Dr. Reine's entering into employment with the Company in accordance with NASDAQ listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The option has an exercise price of $5.00 per share, the fair market value of the Company's common stock on the date of grant and will vest as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of Dr. Reine's employment and as to an additional 6.25% of the shares per quarter thereafter, provided that he continues to provide service to the Company on the applicable vesting date. The option has a ten-year term and is subject to the terms and conditions of a stock option agreement.
About Pieris Pharmaceuticals:
Pieris is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that discovers and develops Anticalin® protein-based drugs to target validated disease pathways in a unique and transformative way. Our pipeline includes immuno-oncology multi-specifics tailored for the tumor microenvironment, an inhaled Anticalin protein to treat uncontrolled asthma and a half-life-optimized Anticalin protein to treat anemia. Proprietary to Pieris, Anticalin proteins are a novel class of therapeutics validated in the clinic and by partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies. Anticalin is a registered trademark of Pieris. For more information, visit www.pieris.com.
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