Exicure announces Board member Tim Walbert as next Chairman of the Board of Directors

– USA, IL –  Exicure, Inc. (NASDAQ: XCUR), the pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs utilizing spherical nucleic acid technology, today announced that Timothy P. Walbert, Chairman, President and CEO of Horizon Therapeutics plc, will succeed Chad Mirkin, Ph.D. as Board Chairman.

Dr. Mirkin, who will remain on the Board, is stepping down as Chairman due to his responsibilities at Northwestern University, where he is Professor and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as Chairman since we founded the company in 2011 and to help guide Exicure,” said Dr. Mirkin. “We have created a clinically-focused company with growing opportunities in neurology and an asset in immuno-oncology that is looking promising in clinical trials for several indications. The platform and team are strong and the potential opportunities are significant. As we continue to execute on our strategy and bring candidates through the clinic into commercialization, Tim’s experience and leadership in this area will be extremely valuable.”

“Under Chad’s leadership, we built a leading platform company focused on developing therapeutics based on our technology, initiated a clinical program in Friedreich’s ataxia, advanced our immuno-oncology candidate AST-008 into Phase 2 clinical trials, entered into an exciting partnership with Allergan in hair loss disorders and finished 2019 with $110 million of cash on hand,” said Dr. David Giljohann, CEO. “I am looking forward to Tim’s leadership as we continue to grow Exicure.”

About Tim Walbert

Tim Walbert has served as the president and CEO of Horizon Therapeutics since 2008 and has served as chairman of its board of directors since 2010. Prior to joining Horizon, he served as president, CEO and director of IDM Pharma, Inc., a public biotechnology company acquired by Takeda America Holdings, Inc. in 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Walbert served as executive vice president, commercial operations at NeoPharm, Inc., a public biotechnology company. Mr. Walbert was also divisional vice president and general manager of immunology, where he led the global development and launch of the multi-indication biologic HUMIRA at Abbott, now AbbVie.

“Exicure is poised to change pharmaceutical development by opening up the field of digital medicine with its proprietary spherical nucleic acid technology. Exicure’s existing programs and pipeline are promising, and the Company has many untapped therapeutic areas yet to be tackled. I look forward to working with the Exicure team to advance the Company’s current clinical programs and take the Company into its next stage of development while continuing to build its pipeline of new therapeutic candidates,” said Mr. Walbert.

Tim received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. He serves as chairman of the board of Zyla Life Sciences, co-chairman of the board of MATTER and serves on the board of the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, World Business Chicago and the Greater Chicago Arthritis Foundation. He is a member of the Illinois Innovation Council, the National Organization for Rare Disorders Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College.

About Exicure, Inc.

Exicure, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics for neurology, immuno-oncology, inflammatory diseases and other genetic disorders based on our proprietary Spherical Nucleic Acid, or SNA technology. Exicure believes that its proprietary SNA architecture has distinct chemical and biological properties that may provide advantages over other nucleic acid therapeutics and may have therapeutic potential to target diseases not typically addressed with other nucleic acid therapeutics. Exicure is in preclinical development of XCUR-FXN an SNA–based therapeutic candidate, for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia. Exicure’s drug candidate AST-008 is currently in a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in patients with advanced solid tumors. Exicure is based outside of Chicago, IL and also has an office in Cambridge, MA.

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