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Virometix announces new appointments

Schlieren, Switzerland (January 25, 2017) – Virometix today announced the appointment of Dr. Pierre A. Morgon, PharmD, LL.M., MBA as Chairman and Dr. Isaac Kobrin as independent member to its Board of Directors. In addition, the company announced the nomination of Emmanuel Savioz, MBA as new Chief Financial Officer. With these appointments Virometix is taking further steps to enhance professional expertise within the Board of Directors and senior management of the company. Furthermore, the Scientific Advisory Board has been strengthened with the addition of emeritus Prof. Paul-Henri Lambert, MD.

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Dr. Pierre Morgon
is a doctor of pharmacy and MBA holder with additional qualifications in Business Law. He has over 30 years experience up to C-level positions in large life science companies, including Sanofi Pasteur, and biotech firms such as AJ-Biologics. In these roles, he has provided leadership in the construction and expansion of vaccine portfolios and partnerships, with turnaround initiatives and with financing for start-up vaccine companies. Dr. Morgon is also Regional Partner for Switzerland at Mérieux Développement, Non-Executive Director to the Board of Theradiag, as well as Non-Executive Director to the Board of Eurocine Vaccines.

Dr. Morgon stated: «I am thrilled to join Virometix at a pivotal phase where we will strive to demonstrate the value of the company’s broad proprietary technology, both in the field of vaccines and in cancer immunotherapy.»

Dr. Isaac Kobrin, MD
is an internist with 15 years experience in academic medicine both in Israel and the USA. With 23 years of experience in the Pharma industry, he was responsible for the worldwide clinical development of key compounds at Roche for 10 years and subsequently in Actelion for 13 years. In Actelion, Dr. Kobrin was the head of clinical development and member of the executive committee for 10 years and later he was appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the Strategic and Portfolio Board of the company. During the last 4 years, Dr. Kobrin has been supporting several Pharma and biotechnology companies as a Board member and/or as an advisor.

Emmanuel Savioz, MBA
has 15 years experience in financing and business. He co-founded and is a Board member of several high tech companies in Switzerland including Phi Pharma, HYT, and Preciflex. Over the past 7 years, Mr. Savioz arranged more than CHF 70 million of equity financing for high tech companies in Switzerland. Previously, he worked in New York as an investment banker in M&A handling large international transactions in consumer goods and healthcare. Emmanuel Savioz is former member of the Admission Committee of the MBA Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Prof. Paul-Henri Lambert, MD
is now associated with the Centre of Vaccinology in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at University of Geneva. He is directing the International Advanced Course of Vaccinology (ADVAC) organized under the auspices of the Fondation Mérieux and University of Geneva. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI), past-chairman of the Human Vaccine Committee of the International Association for Biologicals (IABS) and of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO). In 1987, he was appointed as chief of Microbiology and Immunology at the World Health Organization and in 1994, chief of the Vaccine Research and Development, WHO Global Program for Vaccines and Immunization. During this time he was deeply involved in co-ordination of research aiming at the development of vaccines against diseases of major importance in developing countries.

«We are delighted to have some highly respected people like Dr. Morgon, Dr. Kobrin, Mr. Savioz and Prof. Lambert with their background and expertise come on board”, said Dr. Arin Ghasparian, CEO of Virometix. “They will be a perfect fit for us, as we are progressing very well with the development of our vaccine products, our scientific research and in discussions on future partnerships.»

Virometix further strengthens the Advisory Board

Zurich, Switzerland (April 12, 2016) – Virometix today announced the addition of Dr. Martin L. Moore, an Assistant Professor at Emory University, Director of the Emory Children’s Center for Childhood Infections and Vaccines (CCIV) to its Advisory Board. Dr. Moore is a recognized leader in RSV research and has been running an NIH-funded laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory since 2008. His work on RSV vaccines was recognized as Emory University’s Innovation of the year in 2013.

Furthermore, the Advisory Board will be strengthened by the nomination of Dr. Urs Regenass, who has over 30 years’ experience in drug discovery. Most recently he worked as Senior Director Oncology at Actelion Pharmaceuticals. Before that Dr. Regenass was member of Novartis’ global research management board and VP Drug Discovery and CEO of the Switzerland site at Discovery Partners International, a CRO headquartered in San Diego. He obtained his PhD in Cell Biology at the Biocenter, University of Basel.

Virometix closes oversubscribed financing round

Zurich - Schlieren, Switzerland (October 26, 2015) – Virometix today announced the closing of a new financing round, which involved existing shareholders as well as a new private investor and was oversubscribed. Virometix will use the proceeds from this financing round to expand its operations and advance its vaccine candidates for infectious and viral diseases.

Virometix extends its Board of Directors and appoints a new chairman

Zurich - Schlieren, Switzerland (July 27, 2015) – Virometix today announced the appointment of Dr. Ivan Csendes as new independent Board member and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Csendes brings in a longstanding and broad expertise from the pharmaceutical industry, including 23 years work experience at the Business Development and Licensing Departments of Ciba-Geigy and Novartis, where he was responsible for in- and out-licensing of drug candidates as well as for various drug delivery and device projects. Dr Csendes is a founding member and Board member of Swiss Healthcare Licensing Group and member of the European Pharma Licensing Group. Dr. Csendes holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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