SOURCE: NewLink Genetics Corporation

October 01, 2014 17:20 ET

NewLink Genetics Corporation Announces Appointment of New Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK) today announced that Jack Henneman has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Henneman replaces Gordon H. Link, Jr., Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Henneman, age 52, has more than 20 years of combined financial and operational management experience in the life sciences industry. Prior to joining NewLink, Mr. Henneman served Integra LifeSciences in various capacities for sixteen years, including as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, and since 2007 as Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure as Integra's CFO, Mr. Henneman transformed the finance function to accommodate Integra's growth, recruited and developed key leaders in accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis and treasury, and raised almost one billion dollars in new capital from banks and in the debt and equity capital markets. Mr. Henneman was also responsible at various times for Integra's regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical affairs, human resources, information systems, legal affairs and the management of Integra's surgical instruments business. He has led the business development function since 1998, responsible for the more than 40 acquisitions and alliances that Integra completed during his tenure.

"Jack's extensive experience in building commercial-stage companies and background in finance, strategy, business development and operations, will be of great value to NewLink as we work toward becoming a commercial enterprise," said Dr. Charles Link, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of NewLink Genetics. "Jack's leadership will be instrumental in shaping NewLink's future. I am looking forward to working closely with him."

"I am joining NewLink at a very exciting time," said Mr. Henneman. "I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help transform NewLink into a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company."

"The Company is grateful for Gordon's many contributions to NewLink, including his leadership role in our public financings and in many other areas," said Dr. Link. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

In his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Henneman will be NewLink's principal financial officer. Carl Langren, Vice President Finance, will continue to serve as principal accounting officer.

About NewLink Genetics Corporation
NewLink is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel immuno-oncology products to improve treatment options for patients with cancer. NewLink's portfolio includes biologic and small molecule immunotherapy product candidates intended to treat a wide range of oncology indications. NewLink's product candidates are designed to harness multiple components of the immune system to combat cancer without significant incremental toxicity, either as a monotherapy or in combination with other treatment regimens. For more information please visit http://www.linkp.com.

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Contact Information

  • Investor Contact:
    Nicholas Vahanian
    President and Chief Medical Officer
    (515) 598-2922
    nvahanian@linkp.com