SAN DIEGO and SUZHOU, China, Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adagene Inc. (“Adagene”) (Nasdaq: ADAG), a company transforming the discovery and development of antibody-based therapies, today announced the appointment of Cuong Do, MBA, to Adagene’s board of directors (the “Board”) as an independent director. He will also serve as an audit committee member.
Mr. Do is President and CEO of BioVie Inc., a clinical-stage company developing innovative therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease and refractory Ascites. Prior to BioVie, Mr. Do was President of Samsung’s Global Strategy Group where he helped to set the strategic direction for Samsung Group’s diverse business portfolio, including the growth of its biologics businesses. He was previously the Chief Strategy Officer for Merck, a leading global pharmaceuticals company, where he played a key role in defining the company’s strategy, including the focus on oncology and creating its leading position with the anti-PD-1 therapy, pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®). Mr. Do was also a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he spent 17 years helping to build the healthcare, high technology, and corporate finance practices. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
“I’m very excited to join the Adagene board and do what I can to help advance our programs to help our patients,” commented Mr. Do. “Adagene has ground-breaking innovations that can improve the efficacy and safety of immunotherapies. I look forward to working with the company and our partners to advance the programs and benefit patients.”
“On the heels of data presented at the recent ESMO and SITC conferences showcasing the enhanced therapeutic index of our anti-CTLA-4 programs, I am delighted to welcome Cuong to our board as we approach significant milestones in our pipeline and engage in business development activities with major strategic considerations,” said Peter Luo, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Adagene. “Cuong’s history of strategic leadership roles in healthcare, particularly for the pembrolizumab franchise at Merck, will help us position our highly differentiated anti-CTLA-4 clinical programs for partnership with leading anti-PD-1/PD-L1 players to develop safer and more efficacious combination therapies for proven and difficult-to-treat tumor types such as MSS CRC and others.”
Adagene Inc. (Nasdaq: ADAG) is a platform-driven, clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to transforming the discovery and development of novel antibody-based cancer immunotherapies. Adagene combines computational biology and artificial intelligence to design novel antibodies that address unmet patient needs. Powered by its proprietary Dynamic Precision Library (DPL) platform, composed of NEObody™, SAFEbody®, and POWERbody™ technologies, Adagene’s highly differentiated pipeline features novel immunotherapy programs. Adagene has forged strategic collaborations with reputable global partners that leverage its technology in multiple approaches at the vanguard of science.
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