Press Release - August 5, 2020
Heidelberg, Germany, August 5, 2020 – Affimed N.V. (Nasdaq: AFMD), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer, today announced the appointments of Dr. Annalisa Jenkins and Mr. Harry Welten to its Supervisory Board. Both these appointments were approved during the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders which took place on August 4, 2020.
“Affimed is pleased to welcome Annalisa and Harry, both highly experienced professionals in their respective fields, to the Supervisory Board” said Dr. Thomas Hecht, Chairman of Affimed’s Supervisory Board. “Annalisa is a visionary leader who knows how to translate science from bench to bedside. Harry is an accomplished financial executive who is well suited to help drive value-creating strategies for the company. Together, these new appointments position us to ensure sound corporate governance by further strengthening our biotech industry know-how and experience as well as our diversity.”
Dr. Jenkins, with more than 25 years of global pharmaceutical experience, brings a wealth of expertise in advancing clinical programs through development and to regulatory approval. Dr. Jenkins serves on the Board of Directors for a number of publicly and privately held biotechnology and life science companies. In addition, she is a committee member of the science board to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which advises FDA leadership on complex scientific and technical issues. Dr. Jenkins served as the Chief Executive Officer of PlaqueTec Ltd. and Dimension Therapeutics. Prior leadership roles held by Dr. Jenkins include Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development¬ at Merck Serono Pharmaceuticals as well as several leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Jenkins graduated with a degree in medicine from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital at the University of London and subsequently trained in cardiovascular medicine in the UK National Health Service.
Mr. Welten brings significant financial and U.S. market expertise to Affimed. He is chairman and member of the board of directors of several biotechnology companies in Switzerland, Germany and the U.S. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Welten served as Chief Financial Officer of both public as well as venture capital financed biotech companies. Mr. Welten has served in senior roles at UBS in Switzerland and New York for the first 15 years of his career. Mr. Welten has degrees in Banking, Finance and Economics as well as an MBA from Columbia University, NY, USA.
Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer. Affimed’s fit-for-purpose ROCK® platform allows innate cell engagers to be designed for specific patient populations. The company is developing single and combination therapies to treat hematologic and solid tumors. The company is currently enrolling patients into a registration-directed study of AFM13 for CD30-positive relapsed/refractory peripheral T cell lymphoma and into a Phase 1/2a dose escalation/expansion study of AFM24 for the treatment of advanced EGFR-expressing solid tumors. For more information, please visit www.affimed.com.
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