Purple Biotech Appoints Biopharmaceutical Industry Veteran Robert Gagnon to Board of Directors

Wednesday, 03. March 2021 13:00

Rehovot, Israel, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Purple Biotech Ltd. (“Purple Biotech”) (NASDAQ/TASE: PPBT), a clinical-stage company developing first-in-class, effective, and durable therapies by overcoming tumor immune evasion and drug resistance, today announced the appointment of Robert Gagnon to its Board of Directors. Mr. Gagnon has 15 years of experience in corporate finance and commercial operations, much of it in the biotech industry. Purple Biotech’s Board of Directors now includes seven members, five of whom are independent directors. Mr. Gagnon shall serve as a member of the first class of the Board of Directors until the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2022, at which time he may stand for reelection.

“We are delighted to have Rob join our Board of Directors,” said Dr. Eric Rowinsky, Chairman of the Board of Purple Biotech. “He brings vast global corporate finance expertise and strategy, and a strong track record of executive leadership in the biotech industry.  As we approach key value-creating catalysts with our promising anti-cancer clinical product candidates, CM24 and NT219, we expect to utilize Rob’s extensive experience in order to continue advancing our mission of developing impactful therapeutics for cancer patients and creating long-term shareholder value.”

"I am excited to be a part of the Purple Biotech Board of Directors," stated Mr. Gagnon. "I look forward to working with the other members of the Board and the Company’s experienced management team to continue advancing Purple’s clinical development programs and to help transform the upcoming clinical catalysts into significant commercial opportunities that will further support the growth of the Company."

Mr. Gagnon currently serves as Chief Business and Financial Officer of Verastem Oncology, a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing new medicines for patients battling cancer. Before joining Verastem in 2018, Mr. Gagnon served as the Chief Financial Officer at Harvard Bioscience, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Gagnon served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Clean Harbors, Inc., as well as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Biogen Idec, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gagnon worked in a variety of senior positions at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP. Mr. Gagnon holds an M.B.A. degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Bentley College.

About Purple Biotech
Purple Biotech Ltd. (the “Company”; NASDAQ/TASE: PPBT) is a clinical-stage company focusing on advancing first-in-class therapies to overcome tumor immune evasion and drug resistance in order to create successful long-lasting treatments for people with cancer. The Company’s oncology pipeline includes NT219 and CM24. NT219 is a small molecule targeting the novel cancer drug resistance pathways IRS1/2 and STAT3. The Company is currently advancing NT219 as a monotherapy treatment of advanced solid tumors and in combination with cetuximab for the treatment of recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck cancer (SCCHN) in a phase 1/2 study. CM24 is a monoclonal antibody blocking CEACAM1, a novel immune checkpoint that supports tumor immune evasion and survival through multiple pathways. The Company plans to advance CM24 as a combination therapy with anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors in selected cancer indications in a phase 1 study followed by a phase 2 for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. The Company has entered into a clinical collaboration agreement, as amended, with Bristol Myers Squibb for the planned phase 1/2 clinical trials to evaluate the combination of CM24 with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo®) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer and in combination with nivolumab in addition to nab-paclitaxel (ABRAXANE®) in patients with pancreatic cancer. The Company is also the owner of Consensi®, a fixed-dose combination of celecoxib and amlodipine besylate, for the simultaneous treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension that was approved by the FDA for marketing in the U.S. Consensi® is being sold in the U.S. by Burke Therapeutics, the marketing partner of the Company’s U.S. distributor, Coeptis Pharmaceuticals. The Company has also partnered to commercialize Consensi in China and South Korea. The Company has recently relocated its corporate headquarters to Rehovot, Israel. For more information, please visit http://www.purple-biotech.com.

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Company Contact:
Gil Efron
Deputy CEO & Chief Financial Officer

Investor Relations Contact:
Chuck Padala
+1 646-627-8390

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