- Pacgen Appoints Dr. Ming S. Liu as CEO
Pacgen Appoints Dr. Ming S. Liu as CEO
Vancouver, BC, Canada (October 25, 2011) – Pacgen Biopharmaceuticals Corporation ("Pacgen") (TSX-V: PGA) announced today that Ming S. Liu, Ph.D. has joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and director. Dr. Liu replaces Dr. YC Lee as CEO as Pacgen continues to implement its previously announced corporate transformation.
Dr. Liu possesses more than 15 years of diversified experience in bio-products development, sales and marketing, business development, and operational management. He was previously the founder and CEO of eGene, Inc. a biotech company based in Irvine, California, and positioned the company for acquisition by QIAGEN (NASDAQ: QGEN) in 2007.
"Dr. Liu is an experienced strategist with a proven performance record in bio-business, and his contributions will assist Pacgen as it creates a new model for the biomedical products, lab testing, and hospital services sectors," said Mr. Chung-Yu Wang, Chairman of the Pacgen Board of Directors. "In combination with our pharmaceutical R&D division, a diversified portfolio will create upside potential and bring more value to the Company."
Dr. YC Lee will continue to play a key role in the pharmaceutical R&D division in his capacity as a director and a consultant of Pacgen.
The Company also announced that it has granted stock options to Dr. Liu to acquire 500,000 common shares at $0.06 per share until October 24, 2016.
Pacgen is a life science technology company focused on the commercialization of biomedical products and services, including its previous development of novel therapeutic drug candidates. The Company is currently looking to facilitate its corporate transformation from a bio-pharma R&D business into a revenue-generating company.. For additional information, please visit www.pacgenbiopharm.com.
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For further information contact:
Yiu Chung Lee
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer