Healthcare Industry News: Mesothelioma
News Release - November 9, 2006
Alfacell Corporation Announces Retirement of CFO, Robert D. LoveBLOOMFIELD, N.J.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Alfacell Corporation (Nasdaq: ACEL ), today announced that Robert D. Love will retire as Chief Financial Officer, effective December 31, 2006. Until that time, Mr. Love will continue to perform all of his current duties, and will provide assistance to the company's efforts while they identify and hire a new Chief Financial Officer. In addition, Mr. Love has agreed to provide ongoing support to the company throughout the transition period.
"I am fortunate to have had a rewarding career of 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry," said Love. "I am also thankful for the opportunity afforded me by Alfacell, and enjoyed my time here. That said, I have decided that now is the right time to leave and pursue my interests outside of industry."
Love added, "I wish the leadership team at Alfacell every success in its future endeavors. I remain steadfast in my belief that Alfacell's technology platform is promising, and that ONCONASE has great potential as a novel, first-in-class anti-cancer agent. I also feel that the company is well-positioned to achieve the key milestones we have communicated for the coming year."
Kuslima Shogen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Alfacell, stated, "We are indebted to Bob for his exceptional performance. His skilled management of the company's financial strategy and operations was particularly valuable. Under Bob's stewardship, Alfacell has significantly strengthened its balance sheet, as he spearheaded a successful capital campaign to secure resources to complete the ONCONASE Phase IIIb pivotal trial in malignant Mesothelioma and advance other preclinical and clinical programs as well. In addition, Bob's contributions to Alfacell's continued growth stretched well beyond his financial duties, as he was able to draw upon his extensive experience in high-profile leadership positions in the industry and execute our business strategy."
Shogen concluded, "On a personal note, Bob will be greatly missed. He has been a respected leader and trusted advisor to me and the Board. We wish him a long, active and fulfilling retirement."
Mr. Love has served as Alfacell's Chief Financial Officer since May 2005.
About Alfacell Corporation
Alfacell Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for cancer and other diseases, using its ribonuclease (RNase) technology platform. ONCONASE® (ranpirnase), Alfacell's lead investigational drug candidate, is currently being evaluated in several studies, including a Phase IIIb registration study for unresectable malignant Mesothelioma (MM). A Phase I / II trial evaluating ONCONASE in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is also in progress. For more information, please visit www.alfacell.com.
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