Dr. Jack Geltosky Elected to Medicenna Board of Directors
Medicenna Therapeutics Corp. ("Medicenna" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: MDNA, TSX: MDNA), a clinical stage immuno-oncology company, today announced the appointment of Dr. John (Jack) Geltosky to the Board of Directors of Medicenna and the voting results from the Company's annual and special meeting of shareholders held today, September 30, 2020 in Toronto (the "Meeting"). A total of 61.56% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company were represented in person and by proxy at the Meeting.
"We are thrilled to be strengthening our Board with the appointment of Dr. Geltosky," said Fahar Merchant, PhD, President and CEO of Medicenna. "His extensive management and business development experience will be an invaluable asset as we work to ensure Medicenna's continued success. On behalf of Medicenna's leadership, I would like to welcome Jack to our team and also extend our thanks to Mr. Andrew Strong for four years of distinguished service."
Dr. Geltosky added, "Joining Medicenna's board is a truly exciting opportunity. The best in class potential of the Company's MDNA11 IL-2 super-agonist, combined with MDNA55's compelling Phase 2 data package in recurrent glioblastoma, leave Medicenna well positioned to achieve near-term milestones and sustained growth. I look forward to working closely with Medicenna's Board and management team to advance the Company's pipeline of engineered interleukins and address unmet medical needs."
Dr. Jack Geltosky is an experienced pharmaceutical licensing executive with a strong R&D background. He has an extensive commercial development and deal portfolio from his role as Vice President External Science, Technology & Licensing at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) as well as Vice President, Scientific Licensing, Worldwide Business Development at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). Dr. Geltosky also held roles of increasing responsibility within Johnson & Johnson over a 10-year period. He began his career as a research scientist at E.I. DuPont. Dr. Geltosky is currently the Chairman of the Product Development Review Council for Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), amd previously served as Senior Vice President of Business Development, Life Science at Arizona Technology Enterprises. Jack is currently Managing Director of JEG and Associates, LLC, a business development consultancy firm focused on biotech and pharmaceuticals. He holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Medicenna is pleased to announce that all of the nominees listed in the management proxy circular dated August 21, 2020 were elected as directors. Each of the directors was elected with greater than 99% of the votes cast by shareholders present at the Meeting or represented by proxy. The results of the vote are detailed below:
Nominee Votes For % of Votes % of Votes Votes For Withheld Withheld Dr. Fahar Merchant 22,306,905 99.680 71,600 0.320 Mr. Albert Beraldo 22,373,805 99.979 4,700 0.021 Ms. Karen Dawes 22,373,805 99.979 4,700 0.021 Dr. John (Jack) Geltosky 22,358,152 99.909 20,353 0.091 Ms. Rosemina Merchant 22,295,252 99.628 83,253 0.372 Dr. Chandrakant Panchal 22,306,885 99.680 71,620 0.320
Medicenna shareholders also voted to appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as auditor of the Company, to approve By-Law No#2 and to approve the unallocated options under the Company's stock option plan.
Medicenna is a clinical stage immunotherapy company focused on the development of novel, highly selective versions of IL-2, IL-4 and IL-13 Superkines and first in class Empowered Cytokines(TM) (ECs) for the treatment of a broad range of cancers. Medicenna's long-acting IL2 Superkine asset, MDNA11, is potentially a best-in-class next-generation IL-2 with superior CD122 binding without CD25 affinity and therefore preferentially stimulating cancer killing effector T cells and NK cells when compared to competing IL-2 programs. It is anticipated that MDNA11 will be ready for the clinic in 2021. Medicenna's lead IL4-EC, MDNA55, has completed a Phase 2b clinical trial for recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM), the most common and uniformly fatal form of brain cancer. MDNA55 has been studied in five clinical trials involving 132 patients, including 112 adults with rGBM. MDNA55 has demonstrated compelling efficacy and has obtained Fast-Track and Orphan Drug status from the FDA and FDA/EMA, respectively. For more information, please visit www.medicenna.com.
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