SOURCE: Medgenics

Medgenics

February 03, 2016 08:00 ET

Medgenics Promotes Brian Piper to Chief Financial Officer

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 3, 2016) - Medgenics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MDGN) today announced that Brian Piper will become the Company's new Chief Financial Officer effective February 9, 2016. Mr. Piper joined Medgenics in April 2014 as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations. During that time period, Mr. Piper was highly involved with the Company's efforts to complete two successful equity offerings, raising approximately $70 million. The Company also announced today that Dr. John Leaman, the Company's current Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the Company effective February 9, 2016 to pursue other interests.

"The Board of Directors and I are excited to work with Brian in this new capacity," stated Mike Cola, Chief Executive Officer of Medgenics. "Brian has played a large role in the transformation of Medgenics over the past two years. He has built out our Investor Relations function, and has developed important relationships with key stakeholders throughout the industry. He has also significantly advanced the Company's financial systems and his keen strategic insight has made him an invaluable member of my senior management team."

Prior to joining Medgenics, Mr. Piper worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals for 13 years in various finance and investor relations roles of increasing responsibility, as well as spending two years in Dublin, Ireland establishing Shire's geographic expansion strategies. Prior to joining Shire, Mr. Piper worked at Celera Genomics and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Announcing the departure of Dr. Leaman, Mr. Cola stated, "The Board of Directors and I appreciate the significant contributions John has made over the past two years at Medgenics including his efforts in the completion of two significant equity fundraises and expansion of the company's strategy toward genomic medicine through our CHOP collaboration. We wish him continued success as he begins the next chapter of his career."

"The last two years at Medgenics has been an extraordinary experience," said Dr. Leaman. "It has been a privilege to work with Mike, other members of the management team, and the Board during this period of transition for the company. With the company in a strong financial position, post the neuroFix acquisition and subsequent equity fund-raise, it is time for me to explore new career opportunities and challenges."

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.

Forward-looking Statements
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