VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE/TSX: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, today announced it has expanded its leadership team with the hiring of three new vice presidents to support the Company’s expanded global clinical development: Mark Hollywood, Senior Vice President, Technical and Manufacturing Operations; Neil Josephson, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Research; and Bruce Hart, Ph.D., Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Zymeworks has also promoted David Poon, Ph.D., to Vice President, Business Development and Alliance Management.
“Adding these seasoned professionals to our leadership team further expands the critical expertise required to advance our promising therapeutic candidates,” said Ali Tehrani, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Zymeworks. “These highly skilled individuals complement the team already in place as we work to bring new medicines to patients. With an expanding portfolio of clinical trials, increasing interaction with regulatory agencies, and scaling-up production of clinical materials, they will be able to make immediate and meaningful contributions to our accelerated development efforts.”
Senior Vice President, Technical and Manufacturing Operations
As Zymeworks’ Senior Vice President, Technical and Manufacturing Operations, Mr. Hollywood will be responsible for the manufacturing, quality, and regulatory compliance of Zymeworks’ lead assets as they advance towards potential commercialization. Mr. Hollywood brings 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, most recently as Vice President and Head of ZymoGenetics, Inc. (a Bristol-Myers Squibb company) where he had overall management responsibility and led the business in supporting biologics portfolio deliverables including technical and manufacturing operations for development and commercial-stage programs.
Vice President, Clinical Research
As Vice President, Clinical Research, Dr. Josephson will lead the advancement of Zymeworks’ clinical pipeline as the Company prepares for the expansion of ZW25 into Europe and into the Asia-Pacific region with our recent partner BeiGene, Ltd., as well as the acceleration of clinical activities for ZW49. Before joining Zymeworks, Dr. Josephson was a Vice President of Clinical Development at Seattle Genetics, Inc. where he worked on multiple early and late-stage programs, including leading the front-line approval of ADCETRIS® for the treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
As Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Hart will be responsible for leading Zymeworks’ regulatory activities as the Company progresses into later stages of clinical development and expands development opportunities worldwide. Dr. Hart brings over 20 years of regulatory affairs experience, including 15 years at Seattle Genetics where he led the buildout of the regulatory affairs team and served as the regulatory lead for ADCETRIS® from the initiation of clinical testing through FDA approval.
Vice President, Business Development and Alliance Management
As Vice President, Business Development and Alliance Management, Dr. Poon will continue to be responsible for expanding Zymeworks’ strategic partnerships for therapeutic programs and platform technologies. Dr. Poon has held positions of increasing responsibilities during his 11-year tenure at Zymeworks and has been instrumental in establishing its strategic pharma and academic partnerships and collaborations, as well as overseeing competitive intelligence and alliance management.
For detailed biographies of our management team, please visit https://ir.zymeworks.com/Management.
About Zymeworks Inc.
Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics. The Company’s suite of therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine enable precise engineering of highly differentiated product candidates. Zymeworks’ lead clinical candidate, ZW25, is a novel Azymetric™ bispecific antibody currently in Phase 2 clinical development. The Company’s second clinical candidate, ZW49, is a bispecific antibody-drug conjugate currently in Phase 1 clinical development and combines the unique design and antibody framework of ZW25 with Zymeworks’ proprietary ZymeLink™ cytotoxic payload. Zymeworks is also advancing a deep preclinical pipeline in immuno-oncology and other therapeutic areas. In addition, its therapeutic platforms are being leveraged through multiple strategic partnerships with eight global biopharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit www.zymeworks.com.
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