FLORHAM PARK, NJ, May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PDS Biotechnology Corporation (PDSB), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of molecularly targeted cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the company’s proprietary Versamune® and Infectimune ™ T-Cell Activating Technologies announced today that Sanjay Zaveri has joined PDS Biotech as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Zaveri has extensive partnering experience having completed in-licensing and acquisitions between leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. As PDS Biotech’s senior vice president of business development, he is responsible for driving the company’s business strategy and managing the company’s potential licensing and partnering opportunities in support of PDS Biotech’s pipeline. Prior to joining PDS Biotech, he held the position of Head of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Strongbridge Biopharma, leading their business development, licensing and partnering strategy prior to its acquisition by Xeris Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Strongbridge, he held biotechnology consulting positions at Guidehouse, formerly Navigant Consulting, and IQVIA. Mr. Zaveri holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
“We are pleased to have Sanjay join the PDS Biotech management team. He brings a wealth of experience in successfully executing business developments in the life sciences industry,” said Frank Bedu-Addo, Chief Executive Officer of PDS Biotech. “As we demonstrate the proof of concept for PDS0101 and our Versamune® and Infectimune™ platforms, Sanjay’s proven ability to execute a solid business development strategy will be an asset to PDS Biotech.”
In addition, PDS Biotech granted Mr. Zaveri non-statutory stock options to purchase 150,000 common shares of PDS as a significant incentive to his employment with PDS Biotech pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4) and PDS Biotech’s 2019 Inducement Plan, as amended. PDS Biotech’s 2019 Compensation Plan, as amended, provides for the granting of stock awards to new PDS Biotech employees. The stock option award has an exercise price of $5.35, the closing price of PDS Biotech common stock on May 17, 2022. The option award vests over a four-year period, with one-fourth of the shares vesting on the first anniversary of the grant date (May 17, 2022). May 2023) and then monthly for the subsequent 36 months, subject to continued employment with the Company up to the applicable vesting dates.
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of molecularly targeted immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases based on the company’s Versamune® and Infectimune™ T-cell activating technology platforms. Our versamune®-based products have shown the potential to overcome the limitations of current induction-based immunotherapy in vivo, large quantities of high-quality, highly potent polyfunctional tumor-specific CD4+ helper and CD8+ killer T cells. PDS Biotech has developed several therapies based on combinations of Versamune® and disease-specific antigens, designed to train the immune system to better recognize diseased cells and effectively attack and destroy them. The Company’s pipeline products treat multiple cancers, including HPV16-associated cancers (anal, cervical, head and neck, penile, vaginal, vulvar), breast, colon, lung, prostate and cancer ovarian cancer.
Our Infectimune™-based vaccines have demonstrated the potential to induce not only robust and durable neutralizing antibody responses, but also potent T cell responses, including long-lasting memory T cell responses. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter at @PDSBiotech.
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Versamune® is a registered trademark and Infectimune™ is a trademark of PDS Biotechnology.
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