Faron Pharmaceuticals welcomes Christine Roth and Dr. Marie-Louise Fjällskog to its Board as Non-Executive Directors

– FINLAND, Turku –  Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (LON: FARN | First North: FARON), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on tackling cancers via novel immunotherapies, today announced the appointment of Christine Roth and Dr. Marie-Louise Fjällskog (MD, PhD) to its Board as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Roth and Dr. Fjällskog to the Faron Board as Non-Executive Directors. Their combined executive experience in the oncology field and medical expertise will greatly support the advancement of bexmarilimab, Faron’s wholly-owned, investigational immunotherapy, in clinical development,” said Board Chairman, Dr. Frank Armstrong.

About Christine Ann Roth

Christine Roth is a pharmaceutical executive with over three decades of experience in the industry. She has played key roles in developing and launching several therapies, including the first immune-oncology therapy and intentionally designed targeted therapy combinations. Her career includes leadership positions at major pharmaceutical companies, such as Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and most recently, Bayer AG, where she serves as EVP of the Oncology Strategic Business Unit focussing on precision molecular oncology, next-generation immuno-oncology medicines, and radioligand therapies. At GSK, she was responsible for rebuilding the oncology business, including integrating assets following the acquisition of Tesaro. Ms. Roth’s expertise extends across various therapy areas, including Oncology, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and Infectious Diseases. She is actively involved in industry associations, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Dr. Marie-Louise Helena Fjällskog

Dr. Marie-Louise Fjällskog is a professional with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, particularly in clinical oncology, translational research, and drug development. She holds an MD and Ph.D. from Uppsala University, Sweden, and is an Associate Professor of Oncology at the same institution. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Fjällskog has made significant contributions to the development of targeted therapies for cancer. She has held key roles in various pharmaceutical companies, such as Sensei Biotherapeutics, Merus, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals, where she led clinical development programs and played instrumental roles in their success, including Sensei’s $152 million IPO in 2021. Her extensive expertise and leadership have also earned her a position on the board of Biovica International AB, a prominent biotech company in Sweden and the US, respectively. She is also on the board of the Norwegian company Lytix Biopharma.

In January 2022, Dr. Fjällskog assumed the role of CMO at Faron where she led Faron’s clinical development programs, particularly the bexmarilimab program. Dr. Fjällskog stepped down from the CMO role on September 21, 2023.

About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Faron Pharma is a global, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focused on tackling cancers via novel immunotherapies. Its mission is to bring the promise of immunotherapy to a broader population by uncovering novel ways to control and harness the power of the immune system. The Company’s lead asset is bexmarilimab, a novel anti-Clever-1 humanized antibody, with the potential to remove immunosuppression of cancers by targeting myeloid cell function. Bexmarilimab is being investigated in a Phase I/II clinical trial as a potential therapy for patients with hematological cancers in combination with other standard treatments.

SOURCE: https://www.faron.com/

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