SOURCE: Medgenics

Medgenics

April 20, 2016 08:00 ET

Medgenics Hires Eric Phillips, MPH, ScD as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Apr 20, 2016) -  Medgenics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MDGN) today announced the appointment of Eric Phillips, MPH, ScD as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Dr. Phillips will be a key member of the Medgenics leadership team setting the strategy and tactics for all regulatory activities. Dr. Phillips has held positions of increasing responsibility in Regulatory Affairs, most recently at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he led the successful submission for the approval of Opdivo® in the treatment of squamous non-small cell lung cancer, and the recent submission of the supplemental Biologics License Appilcation for the use of Opdivo in the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma. Prior to that he worked in the early development group at Shire Pharmaceuticals where he opened multiple Investigational New Drug applications across different therapeutic areas. Prior to Shire, Dr. Phillips worked in global regulatory affairs at sanofi-aventis across all phases of development and directed the successful submission and approvals of three supplemental New Drug Applications and a Type II variation for Taxotere®. Dr. Phillips earned his BS and Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in Cancer Biology from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

"We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Eric to the team," said Garry Neil, Chief Scientific Officer of Medgenics. "Eric brings a wealth of global regulatory knowledge and experience to Medgenics, and he will greatly strengthen our development capabilities as we begin Phase 2 development of NFC-1." 

In connection with the appointment of Dr. Phillips, the Compensation Committee of the Medgenics Board of Directors has granted him inducement awards consisting of stock options covering up to 100,000 shares of the Company's common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (Common Stock), at a per share exercise price of $5.07, representing the closing price of the Common Stock on the grant date, April 19, 2016. These options have a 10-year term, with one-third of the options vesting on the first anniversary of grant, one-third vesting on the second anniversary, and the final third vesting on the third anniversary of the grant date, subject to Dr. Phillips' continuous service through each vesting date. The Compensation Committee of the Medgenics Board of Directors, which is comprised solely of independent directors, granted this award on April 19, 2016 pursuant to a stand-alone award agreement outside of Medgenics' Stock Incentive Plan, as an inducement material to Mr. Phillips' acceptance of his appointment to the company in accordance with Section 711 of the NYSE MKT Company Guide.

About Medgenics, Inc.
Medgenics is dedicated to unlocking the potential of genomic medicine to identify and treat patients with life-altering conditions. Its efforts, including its internal research and development and ongoing sponsored research and licensing agreements with a well-respected pediatric academic medical center, give Medgenics the ability to focus on the underlying genetic pathway of pediatric diseases with the goal of finding therapeutic solutions for subpopulations of both children and adults living with rare and other difficult-to-treat diseases. Medgenics is the developer of TARGT™ (Transduced Autologous Restorative Gene Therapy), a proprietary platform for the sustained production and delivery of therapeutic proteins, monoclonal antibodies and peptides in patients using ex vivo gene therapy and their own tissue for the treatment of rare and orphan diseases. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.medgenics.com.

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Opdivo (nivolumab) is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a registered trademark of sanofi-aventis.

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