– USA, MA – Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: MACK), today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Noah G. Levy and Eric D. Andersen to the Board, effective immediately, pursuant to a cooperation agreement.
Including Mrs. Levy and Andersen, the Board will nominate five directors for election at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is scheduled for October 17, 2019. Mr. Levy’s and Mr. Andersen’s funds, Newtyn and Western, collectively represent approximately 15% of Merrimack shares outstanding, and Merrimack shares represented by all five Merrimack nominees now total approximately 23% of shares outstanding.
“We are pleased to welcome Noah and Eric to our Board and appreciate the support of two of our significant investors throughout this process,” said Gary Crocker, Chairman of Merrimack’s Board of Directors. “Merrimack has a carefully considered plan in place to continue our intense focus on cash management and to maximize the distribution of cash and potential milestone payments to our shareholders. Following numerous discussions with investors, we feel confident that our strategy is aligned with their views.”
About Eric Andersen
Mr. Andersen has been a managing member/portfolio manager at Western Standard, LLC, an investment firm, since June 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Andersen served as an analyst at Ivory Capital and JCK Partners, both investment firms, from 2006 to 2008 and 2004 to 2006, respectively; an associate in the private equity group at J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, from 2002 to 2004; and an analyst, mergers and acquisitions, at The Blackstone Group, an investment firm, from 2000 to 2002.
Eric Andersen said, “I appreciate the constructive engagement and open dialogue with Merrimack’s Board, and with this cooperation agreement, I look forward to collaborating with other Board members to maximize value for all shareholders.”
Mr. Andersen holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and is a CFA Charterholder.
About Noah Levy
Mr. Levy has been a managing member and portfolio manager at Newtyn Management, LLC, an investment firm, since June 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Levy served as a senior member at Tyndall Management, an investment firm, from 2002 to 2011, and as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank and financial services company, from 2000 to 2002.
“As one of the Company’s largest shareholders, I look forward to serving on the Board. I also look forward to serving as Chair of the planned Committee on Strategy and Expenses, a position in which I intend to work to reduce costs, minimize risk and protect all fellow shareholders,” said Noah Levy.
Mr. Levy holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that is entitled to receive up to $455.0 million in contingent milestone payments related to its sale of ONIVYDE to Ipsen S.A. in April 2017 and up to $54.5 million in contingent milestone payments related to its sale of anti-HER3 programs to 14ner Oncology, Inc. in July 2019. The Company is seeking potential acquirers for its remaining preclinical and clinical assets.
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