- Pacgen Appoints Robert DuFresne as President & CEO
Pacgen Appoints Robert DuFresne as President & CEO
Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 13, 2007 – Pacgen Biopharmaceuticals Corporation (“Pacgen”) (TSX-V: PGA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert 'Duffy' DuFresne as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. DuFresne replaces Dr. David Cheng who held the position since he co-founded the company in 2004. Dr. Cheng will continue to lead scientific affairs at Pacgen as Chief Scientific Officer and also as a Director. Mr. DuFresne will also be joining the Board as a Director.
"Duffy is a seasoned biotechnology executive who has significant experience in building successful North American biopharmaceutical companies” said Mr. Chung-Yu Wang, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to have Duffy on board as we focus on building our team, advancing our lead product, PAC-113, through Phase II studies and increasing our profile as a leader in peptide based therapeutics,” added Mr. Wang. Mr. DuFresne was President and CEO of Zelos Therapeutics Inc, and prior to that President and CEO ConjuChem Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. His background includes functional responsibilities in the areas of business development, finance, and general management.
Mr. DuFresne also held the positions of President and COO at Anika Therapeutics and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Alpha-Beta Technology. Mr. DuFresne's pharmaceutical industry experience includes senior management positions at the Canadian subsidiary of Boots Pharmaceutical, and at Baxter International. Mr. DuFresne received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
“For an emerging biotech company, Pacgen is in an excellent position to support strategic collaborations and build its investor base in North America” said Mr. DuFresne. “With its lead product already into a Phase II clinical program and a solid early stage pipeline of products, I am very much looking forward to being part of building the value of this company,” added Mr. DuFresne.
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Pacgen is a life sciences company focused on the development of peptide therapeutics for the treatment of infectious and inflammatory diseases. The Company’s lead product, PAC-113, is an antifungal in a phase Ib/IIa clinical trial in the United States and South Africa. Preliminary efficacy data from this study is expected during the second quarter of calendar year 2007. Pacgen also plans to file investigational new drug application or clinical trial application in North America in late 2007 for PAC-G31P which is currently being investigated in pre-clinical studies for its potential to treat inflammatory diseases such as acute respiratory distress syndrome. For additional information, please visit www.pacgenbiopharm.com.
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