Nordic Nanovector appoints Dr Lisa Rojkjaer, MD as Chief Medical Officer
Oslo, Norway, 15 November 2016
Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO) is pleased to announce that Lisa Rojkjaer, MD has joined the company today as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and as a member of the Executive Management Team. Dr Rojkjaer will lead all clinical development strategy and execution and support the company’s efforts to identify opportunities to expand its pipeline of innovative targeted therapies for haematological cancers.
Dr Rojkjaer is a board-certified haematologist with more than 15 years of global and regional clinical development and medical affairs expertise in the biotech and pharma industries, and has extensive experience in the development of both biologics and small molecules in haematology and immunology. She joins Nordic Nanovector from Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she held the position of Global Clinical Program Head, Oncology Global Development. Her previous roles also include CMO at Molecular Partners (Switzerland), Vice President, Head of Clinical Development at Morphosys AG (Germany), and Head of Global Medical Affairs, Biopharmaceuticals and Director of Clinical Development, Hematology in the US for Novo Nordisk.
Dr Rojkjaer holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto and received board certification in both internal medicine and hematology.
Dr Rojkjaer commented: “I am delighted to join Nordic Nanovector at this exciting time in its development. The company’s lead candidate Betalutin® is demonstrating in clinical studies its potential to become an important new therapy for the treatment of NHL patients. Its technology is also providing multiple exciting new pipeline opportunities. I look forward to working with the management team and contributing to the future growth of the company.”
Luigi Costa, Chief Executive Officer, added: “I am very pleased to welcome Lisa to the team. She brings on board strong expertise in clinical development of novel cancer treatments, particularly in the field of haematology. Lisa’s knowledge and leadership will be key to the development of Betalutin® as well as to support the growth of Nordic Nanovector’s promising pipeline.”
For further information, please contact:
For Nordic Nanovector
Luigi Costa, Chief Executive Officer
Cell: +41 79 124 8601
Tone Kvåle, Chief Financial Officer
Cell: +47 91 51 95 76
Mark Swallow/David Dible (Citigate Dewe Rogerson)
Tel: +44 207 282 2948/+44 207 282 2949
About Nordic Nanovector:
Nordic Nanovector is a biotech company focusing on the development and commercialisation of novel targeted therapeutics in haematology and oncology. The Company’s lead clinical-stage product opportunity is Betalutin®, the first in a new class of Antibody-Radionuclide-Conjugates (ARC) designed to improve upon and complement current options for the treatment of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). NHL is an indication with substantial unmet medical need and orphan drug opportunities, representing a growing market worth over $12 billion by 2018.
Betalutin® comprises a tumour-seeking anti-CD37 antibody, lilotomab (previously referred to as HH1), conjugated to a low intensity radionuclide (lutetium-177). The preliminary data has shown promising efficacy and safety profile in an ongoing Phase 1/2 study in a difficult-to-treat NHL patient population. The Company is aiming at developing Betalutin® for the treatment of major types of NHL with first regulatory submission anticipated in 1H 2019.
Nordic Nanovector intends to retain marketing rights and to actively participate in the commercialisation of Betalutin® in core markets, while exploring potential distribution agreements in selected geographies. The Company is committed to developing its ARC pipeline to treat multiple selected cancer indications.
Further information about the Company can be found at www.nordicnanovector.com
This information is subject to the disclose requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
Source: Nordic Nanovector