DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NAVB), announced that its Board of Directors has appointed board member Anton Gueth to the position of Chairman. Mr. Gueth succeeds Gordon Troup who joined Navidea's Board of Directors in July 2008 and was named as Chairman of the Board in August 2011. Although Mr. Troup has stepped down as Chairman, he continues to serve as a director on the Board.
“For some time now, I have felt that as we progressed our strategy to unlock the full potential of our Manocept™ technology platform, the time would come for a new and highly qualified industry leader to assume the role of Navidea’s Chairman,” said Mr. Troup. “We believe Anton will provide a strong commercial presence on the Board and help strengthen our ability to transform Navidea into a leader in the development and commercialization of both immunodiagnostic and immunotherapeutic products.”
Mr. Gueth brings over 30 years of global finance and operating experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He is currently Managing Director of EVOLUTION Life Science Partners. He is also the founder and Managing Partner of Gueth Consulting LLC, a consulting firm focusing on pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in the areas of licensing, early stage financing and alliance management and was previously a Managing Director of Burrill Securities. His career includes nearly 19 years with Eli Lilly and Company ("Lilly"), most recently as director of Alliance Management. He also served as General Manager of Lilly's African and Middle Eastern operations; Vice President of Financial Planning and Treasury of PCS Health Systems; as well as other sales, marketing, operations and financial positions. Mr. Gueth earned a Masters Degree in agricultural economics from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, as well as a Masters Degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Antares Pharma.
“I am excited to take on this expanded role and look forward to partnering with Rick and the rest of the Board to advance our immunotherapeutic program and extend our commercial success to unlock the full potential of the Manocept platform. I share Rick’s commitment to improving our corporate governance and shareholder engagement in 2016 as we believe good corporate governance yields improved value for shareholders," said Mr. Gueth.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products and platforms including Manocept™ and NAV4694 to help identify the sites and pathways of undetected disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, targeted treatment and, ultimately, patient care. Lymphoseek® (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) injection, Navidea’s first commercial product from the Manocept platform, was approved by the FDA in March 2013 and in Europe in November 2014. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts. For more information, please visit www.navidea.com.
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