LEUVEN, Belgium, August 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
- Professor Desire Collen Will Remain as Chairman of the Board and Scientific Advisor
ThromboGenics NV (Euronext Brussels: THR), a biotechnology company focused on novel therapies for eye disease, vascular disease and cancer, announces today that Patrik De Haes, MD, currently Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to succeed Professor Desire Collen as the Company's new Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2008. At the next General Shareholders Meeting Dr. De Haes will be proposed to become a member of the Board of Directors of ThromboGenics. In the mean time, he will be invited to the Board meetings.
ThromboGenics will continue to benefit from Professor Collen's significant scientific and drug discovery knowledge. Professor Collen will remain Chairman of ThromboGenics' Board of Directors. This new structure ensures the continuity of ThromboGenics' senior management.
Dr. De Haes, 50, has considerable international experience across the biotechnology and healthcare sectors spanning more than 20 years. For the last 18 months, Dr. De Haes has been ThromboGenics' Chief Operating Officer overseeing the Company's daily operations. During this period, he has been a key member of the management team that has achieved a number of transforming milestones for ThromboGenics. These include initiating the clinical development of the Company's unique anti-cancer agent TB-403, and the subsequent development deal for potentially up to EUR500 million with Roche. Dr. De Haes has also been a major contributor to the development strategy of ThromboGenics' lead product, microplasmin, which the Company plans to advance into Phase III clinical trials in early 2009 for the treatment of a number of important eye diseases.
Prior to joining ThromboGenics, Dr. De Haes was Head of the Global
Insulin Infusion Business at Roche Diagnostics in Bern, Switzerland, and a
member of the Executive Commit
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