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News Release - April 24, 2012
Genta Appoints Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones and Richard J. Moran to Its Board of DirectorsDr. Daniel Von Hoff to Retire as Director
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., April 24, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Genta Incorporated (OTCBB:GNTA.OB ) announced today the appointments of Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones and Richard J. Moran, as members of the Company's Board of Directors. The Company also announced the retirement from the Board of Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff.
Dr. Raymond P. Warrell, Jr., Genta's Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented: "The Genta team is delighted to welcome our new independent directors. Prior to his retirement as Senior Vice-President at Genta, Dick Moran had worked closely with the Board during his tenure, following a career in finance at Johnson & Johnson that spanned more than 20 years. Dr. Leyland-Jones is a leader in pharmacology, oncology drug development, and genomic approaches in breast cancer. Both new members will extend the Board's leadership in key areas of Genta's business."
"The Board extends our deepest gratitude to Dan Von Hoff, who has served on the Genta Board for 12 years. With this extraordinary service, Dan has provided guidance, leadership, and advice to both management and to his colleagues on the Board. In no small measure, the turnaround in progress at Genta reflects contributions from the experience for which he is internationally renowned. We wish him continued success with his commitments to provide ground-breaking achievements that better the lives of patients with cancer."
Dr. Brian R. Leyland-Jones, MB BS, PhD
Dr. Leyland-Jones is a leader in development of anticancer therapy, clinical and molecular pharmacology, translational oncology, biomarker development, and experimental studies of targeted and chemotherapeutic agents. He has recently accepted the position of Enterprise Senior Vice-President of Oncology, Sanford Health, and Director of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Center. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Leyland-Jones was Professor of Medicine at Emory University where, as Director of the Winship Cancer Center and Associate Vice-President of Health Sciences, he led Emory to its current designation as a NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. Previously, he was Professor of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. From 1990 to 2000, he served as founding chair of Oncology and Director of the McGill University Comprehensive Cancer Center. From 1983 to 1990, he served at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, where he headed the Developmental Chemotherapy section. At NCI, he was responsible for the development of approximately 70 anticancer compounds from screening and discovery through Phase III. In 2001, he was Founding Chairman and CEO of Xanthus, a biotech company focused on individualized cancer therapy by co-development of drugs with biomarkers. The company was acquired by Antisoma in 2008.
Dr. Leyland-Jones holds biochemistry, medical, and doctoral degrees from the University of London. He was resident physician at the Hammersmith, Brompton, St. Bartholomew's, and London hospitals. He served fellowships in clinical pharmacology at Cornell University Medical College and in clinical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he also served as a member of the faculty. Dr. Leyland-Jones has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and book contributions and holds more than 30 patents.
Richard J. Moran
Mr. Moran brings extensive and diversified finance experience. From 2005 until his retirement in 2008, he served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Genta Incorporated. Previously, he was associated with Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) and several of its operating companies. He served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Finance, and member of the U.S. Board of Ortho Biotech from 1995 to 2002. From 2000 to 2002, he assumed finance responsibility for the Ortho Biotech Worldwide Board. In that role, he was responsible for planning, preparation, management, compliance, and controls of the accounting and financial activities of this $4.4 billion global business unit. From 2002 to 2004, he was Director of Special Projects at JNJ's Corporate Headquarters, where he was charged with strategic development and implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley Section #404 compliance requirements at more than 350 worldwide locations with $45 billion in sales.
Mr. Moran previously served as Finance Group Controller for JNJ's International Cilag, Ortho, McNeil Pharmaceuticals (ICOM) Group from 1989 to 1994 during the launch of Eprex(R) in 50 countries and Procrit(R) in the U.S. During that time, he served on the Board for both Cilag Europe and the ICOM Group. From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Moran was a Director of JNJ's Corporate Internal Audit Department. Prior to his service at JNJ, Mr. Moran was a Staff Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Moran is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has served as Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of the American Red Cross of Somerset County, NJ.
Genta Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company with a diversified product portfolio that is focused on delivering innovative products for the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company is developing tesetaxel, a novel, orally absorbed taxane that is in the same class of drugs as paclitaxel and docetaxel. As the leading oral taxane in clinical development, tesetaxel has been evaluated in a broad program of completed or ongoing Phase 2a/Phase 2b clinical trials. The Company has announced that gastric (stomach) cancer will be the lead indication for registration. Genta is exclusively marketing Ganite(R) (gallium nitrate injection) in the U.S, which is indicated for treatment of symptomatic patients with cancer-related hypercalcemia that is resistant to hydration. The Company has developed proprietary oral formulations of the active ingredient in Ganite(R) that are being evaluated as potential treatments for diseases associated with accelerated bone loss. For more information about Genta, please visit our website at: www.genta.com.
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