ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 3 PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PIP), a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has appointed Eric I. Richman to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer replacing David Wright, who has submitted his resignation.
"PharmAthene's Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Eric Richman as the Company's new Interim Chief Executive Officer, rounding out our recent strong additions to the PharmAthene team. His tireless work ethic and dedication to both quality management and creating strong shareholder value make him the ideal candidate to replace David Wright as our new interim CEO," said PharmAthene Chairman, John Pappajohn. "The PharmAthene Board is united in our belief that Eric Richman's dynamic leadership provides the company with the critical tools required to reach our full potential."
"I am honored by the confidence placed in me by our Board of Directors. My first priority is to ensure we are achieving outstanding operational excellence in all areas of our business. Recent additions to our Board and executive team have significantly strengthened our leadership structure and added important incremental functional expertise to our organization," remarked Mr. Richman.
"Dr. Thomas Fuerst, who joined us in April, is a seasoned biotechnology leader with over 20 years of experience in the research, development and manufacturing of biological products. Formerly, Director, Vaccines and Biologics and subsequently Senior Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tom brings specialized expertise in medical countermeasures development that will be very beneficial to our success," continued Mr. Richman. "In addition, we were pleased to welcome Dr. Mitchel Sayare and Dr. Jeff Runge to the Board. Dr. Sayare, former Chief Executive Officer of ImmunoGen, Inc., brings deep operational expertise in biotechnology, and Dr. Runge, former Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Acting Undersecretary for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has strong familiarity with the government's requirements for biodefense. I very much look forward to working with this exceptional group of individuals to fulfill our mission of becoming the leading provider of urgently needed best-in-class medical countermeasures for the nation."
Mr. Richman joined PharmAthene in October 2003, bringing extensive experience in the development and commercialization of novel biotechnology-based therapeutics. As a member of the founding team at MedImmune, he was responsible for the U.S. launch of MedImmune's first commercial product, CytoGam®, and was on the launch teams for its other products including the international launch of Synagis®. Prior to joining MedImmune, he began his career at HealthCare Ventures, a life-sciences focused venture capital firm. Mr. Richman served on the Board of Lev Pharmaceuticals and currently serves on the Board of ADMA Biologics and American Bank.
About PharmAthene, Inc.
PharmAthene was formed to meet the critical needs of the United States and its allies by developing and commercializing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons. PharmAthene's lead product development programs include:
SparVax(TM) - a second generation recombinant protective antigen (rPA) anthrax vaccine
Third generation rPA anthrax vaccine
Valortim® - a fully human monoclonal antibody for the prevention and treatment of anthrax infection
Protexia® - a novel bioscavenger for the prevention and treatment of morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to chemical nerve agents
For more information about PharmAthene, please visit www.PharmAthene.com.
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