EXTON, Pa., Feb. 2 Fibrocell Science, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FCSC), a biotechnology company focused on the development of regenerative cell therapy for aesthetic, medical and scientific applications, announced today that David Pernock, Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Pernock most recently served as Senior Vice President (SVP), Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines (Biologics), Oncology, Acute Care and HIV at GlaxoSmithKline. He joined Fibrocell's Board of Directors last September.
"I'm pleased to take on the role of Fibrocell's CEO during this pivotal period for the company and our lead investigational cell therapy Laviv(TM) (azficel-T)(1)," said Pernock. "We are excited about the potential for this therapy as we continue to address the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) requests as outlined in its complete response letter to our March 2009 biologics license application for Laviv's use in the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles."
Mr. Pernock takes on the role of Fibrocell Science's CEO with extensive leadership experience in healthcare sales and commercialization, building business units, partnerships, and brands at GlaxoSmithKline. During a long career at the multinational pharmaceutical company that culminated with his role as SVP, Mr. Pernock was promoted numerous times to levels of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Marketing, Pharmaceuticals; Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Oncology; Vice President of Managed Care; and, Vice President of Sales. Mr. Pernock holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University. He is a director of Martek Biosciences Corporation and serves in many philanthropic organizations.
"David's proven history of delivering results across many varied corporate functions makes him an asset to Fibrocell Science as a CEO," said Declan Daly, Fibrocell Science, Inc. Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "He has had a positive impact on the leadership team and throughout the company as Chairman, and we welcome his broader role within our organization."
About Fibrocell Science, Inc.
Fibrocell Science, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FCSC) is a biotechnology company focused on developing regenerative fibroblast cell therapy for aesthetic, medical and scientific applications. Fibrocell Science is committed to advancing the scientific, medical and commercial potential of autologous skin and tissue, as well its innovative cellular processing technology and manufacturing excellence. For additional information, please visit www.fibrocellscience.com.
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(1) The FDA is currently evaluating a proposed brand name, Laviv(TM).
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