Immunotherapy and Vaccine Leader Also Promotes Three Executives in Legal, Clinical and Investor Relations
April 1, 2014
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the appointment of E.J. Brandreth as Vice President of Quality. He will be responsible for all quality and compliance functions for a company that is moving forward with numerous late and early stage clinical trials and scaling up manufacturing and other operational areas to support its broad pipeline of immunotherapies and DNA vaccines. He will report to Inovio’s Chief Operating Officer Dr.Niranjan Sardesai.
Prior to joining Inovio, Mr. Brandreth had a successful career transitioning start-up clinical biotech operations into successful commercial entities; he supported the growth of several pharmaceutical companies in the quality and compliance areas. He was most recently Senior Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Ajinomoto Althea, and previously held similar positions with IDEC, BioMarin and Favrille, Inc. He holds an MBA from theUniversity of Phoenix and a BA in Biology from UC San Diego.
Inovio also promoted three executives:
- Thomas S. Kim, J.D., to General Counsel. He has been with Inovio since 2007 and most recently served as VP of Legal. Previously he held legal positions at DuPont and a number of law firms. He holds a JD from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and a BS in Chemistry fromGeorgia Tech. He continues to serve as Corporate Secretary.
- Jessica Lee, MS, MPH, to Vice President of Clinical Operations. She has been with Inovio since 2006 and most recently served as Sr. Director of Clinical Operations. Previously she was with clinical development groups at Bristol Myers Squibb and Merck and Co. She holds an MPH from the School of Public Health at Drexel University, an MS in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple University, and a BS in Biology from Drexel University.
- Bernie Hertel to Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications. He has served Inovio since 2004, most recently as Sr. Director of the same functions. Prior to Inovio he was involved with entrepreneurial and development stage ventures in different sectors in marketing, communications, and investor relations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. J. Joseph Kim, Inovio’s President and CEO, said, “Overall, these new hires and promotions over the past months are a key part of our strategic blueprint. Upgrades in our executive leadership along with steps we’ve taken to improve our balance sheet, capitalization structure and enhanced product pipeline are all systematically geared to position Inovio to become a major immunotherapy and vaccine company. Coupled with expected phase II efficacy data to be reported this summer, we are working to best prepare Inovio for our anticipated growth.
“Specifically, we will rely on E.J. Brandreth’s track record of moving pipeline candidates such as Rituxan® and Zevalin® to commercialization as we ramp up our immunotherapies and DNA vaccines into later stage clinical trials. We are also pleased to promote from within our executives who have demonstrated outstanding results.”
About Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Inovio is revolutionizing vaccines to prevent and treat today’s cancers and challenging infectious diseases. Its SynCon® vaccines, in combination with its proprietary electroporation delivery, are generating best-in-class immune responses, with therapeutic T-cell responses exceeding other technologies in terms of magnitude, breadth, and response rate. Human data to date have shown a favorable safety profile. Inovio’s lead vaccine, a therapeutic against HPV-caused pre-cancers and cancers, is in phase II. Other phase I and preclinical programs target prostate, breast, and lung cancers as well as HIV, influenza, malaria and hepatitis. Partners and collaborators include Roche, the University of Pennsylvania, NIH, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Military HIV Research Program, University of Southampton, US Dept. of Homeland Security,University of Manitoba and PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. More information is available at www.inovio.com.