DANBURY, CT--(Marketwired - August 25, 2014) - Biodel Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOD) today announced that Gary G. Gemignani has been appointed as the company's Chief Financial Officer, effective September 15, 2014.
"We are very pleased to have Gary join the Biodel team. His breadth of knowledge in the pharma and biotech industries, depth in financial and commercial operations, and experience in fund raising and business development will be valuable for Biodel as we move forward and establish the commercial and financing strategies for our Glucagon Emergency Management product candidate and our ultra-rapid-acting insulin programs," said Errol De Souza, president and chief executive officer of Biodel.
Mr. Gemignani has over 25 years of experience in accounting, strategic planning and financing in the life sciences industry and has held senior leadership and management roles at Novartis, Prudential Financial, Wyeth and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Gemignani was most recently with Champions Oncology where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President with responsibility for raising capital, investor relations and all financial operations. Prior to that, Mr. Gemignani was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Coronado Biosciences Inc., responsible for financial operations, strategic planning and business development activities. He also served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial officer of Gentium S.P.A. where he successfully developed and initiated Named Patient and Cost Recovery programs, which allowed Gentium to sell its lead product candidate on a pre-approval basis. Mr. Gemignani received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from St. Peter's College.
About Biodel Inc.
Biodel Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for diabetes that may be safer, more effective and more convenient for patients. Biodel's product candidates are developed by applying proprietary technologies to existing drugs in order to improve their therapeutic profiles. More information about Biodel is available at www.biodel.com.
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