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News Release - July 24, 2018
Soligenix Announces Appointment of Mark Pearson to its Board of DirectorsPRINCETON, N.J., July 24, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Soligenix, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today the appointment of Mark Pearson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Altamont Pharmaceutical Holdings, LLC, to its Board of Directors.
"We are pleased to welcome Mr. Pearson to the Soligenix Board," stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and CEO of Soligenix. "As Soligenix looks forward to potential product approval and commercialization partnerships, we intend to leverage Mr. Pearson's extensive business and investing experience. We believe his expertise will add significantly to our already diverse and experienced Board of Directors and management team. We welcome his counsel and look forward to his contributions to our future success, especially as we continue our pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of SGX301 for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and our pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of SGX942 for the treatment of oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients."
"I am truly excited to be joining the Soligenix Board of Directors at such an important time in the Company's life cycle," stated Mr. Pearson, CEO of Altamont Pharmaceutical Holdings. "Prior to participating in the most recent financing, my team and I had carefully evaluated the Company, its senior management and its pipeline. We believe Soligenix is currently being undervalued and has the potential for significant growth and value creation with its late clinical-stage rare disease pipeline in the not too distant future. I look forward to working closely with the Board and management team to maximize that potential."
Mr. Pearson is an accomplished businessman, investor and philanthropist, with past and present managing partner roles in a number of successful ventures. He is the founder and serves as General Partner and CEO at Altamont Pharmaceutical Holdings, LLC with over $100 million invested in more than 20 life science companies. Mr. Pearson is also a co-founder and serves as General Partner at Annex Ventures. Some of Mr. Pearson's past investments include Xenoport, Inc. (XNPT) – acquired by Arbor Pharmaceuticals LLC, Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (XERS), Monogram Biosciences, Inc. (MGRM) – acquired by LabCorp, and Stemcentrx, Inc. – acquired by AbbVie, Inc. (ABBV). Previously, Mr. Pearson was the co-founder of CRESA Partners LLC, a 57-office national corporate real estate firm. He is also the co-founder and vice-chairman of Drawbridge Realty, a real estate development and investment company which owns over 4.5 million square feet of commercial real estate leased to technology and life science companies predominantly in the western United States. He is on the Board of Trustees at The Scripps Research Institute. Mr. Pearson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and a Master's degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
About Soligenix, Inc.
Soligenix is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need. Our BioTherapeutics business segment is developing SGX301 as a novel photodynamic therapy utilizing safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, our first-in-class innate defense regulator (IDR) technology, dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of oral mucositis in head and neck cancer, and proprietary formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation including pediatric Crohn's disease (SGX203) and acute radiation enteritis (SGX201).
Our Vaccines/BioDefense business segment includes active development programs for RiVax®, our ricin toxin vaccine candidate, OrbeShield®, our GI acute radiation syndrome therapeutic candidate and SGX943, our therapeutic candidate for antibiotic resistant and emerging infectious disease. The development of our vaccine programs incorporates the use of our proprietary heat stabilization platform technology, known as ThermoVax®. To date, this business segment has been supported with government grant and contract funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
For further information regarding Soligenix, Inc., please visit the Company's website at www.soligenix.com.
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