Soligenix Appoints Daniel P. Ring as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today that it has appointed Daniel P. Ring as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning, effective immediately. Mr. Ring has over 22 years of business development and commercial experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. In this new role, Mr. Ring will oversee the Company's global business development function, which will include balanced and disciplined management of any current or new strategic business opportunities, initiatives, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, alliances, and/or licensing agreements.
"We are excited to have a seasoned industry veteran like Dan join our team," stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Soligenix. "Dan's business development and commercial experience, as well as his strategic vision, will be invaluable as we continue to evaluate the multiple opportunities before us, including advancing our Phase 3 clinical programs towards commercialization. During his career, Dan has created significant value in sales and marketing roles, as well as negotiated and executed transactions worth more than $7 billion. With Dan's appointment as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning, and the recent additions of Diane L. Parks to our Board of Directors and Jonathan Guarino as our Chief Financial Officer, we continue to strengthen our marketing and commercial expertise."
Previously, Mr. Ring served as the Vice President of Business Development at Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC, where he was responsible for creating the company's US commercial operations and growing its revenue and income via transactions with strategic partners. Previously, he was an executive with Merck & Co., Inc. for 17 years, in various sales, marketing and finance positions, rising to Executive Director of Corporate Licensing. His negotiation skills have resulted in more than 40 executed transactions with a combined value of greater than $7 billion, ranging from early pre-clinical collaborations through commercialization; including in-licensing, out-licensing, subsidiary divestitures, product divestitures, patent settlements, marketing alliances and co-promotions, as well as private debt and equity offerings. He received his BA from Villanova University and an MBA, with a concentration in accounting, from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
"I am thrilled to be joining Soligenix at such an exciting time in the Company's development," said Mr. Ring. "With multiple clinical data-related catalysts upcoming, as well as a robust product development pipeline, Soligenix is well-positioned for potential long-term success. I look forward to leveraging my extensive business development and commercial experience to support the Company's strategic initiatives."
About Soligenix, Inc.
Soligenix is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need. Our Specialized BioTherapeutics business segment is developing SGX301 as a novel photodynamic therapy utilizing safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, our first-in-class innate defense regulator (IDR) technology, dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of oral mucositis in head and neck cancer, and proprietary formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation including pediatric Crohn's disease (SGX203) and acute radiation enteritis (SGX201).
Our Public Health Solutions business segment includes active development programs for RiVax®, our ricin toxin vaccine candidate and SGX943, our therapeutic candidate for antibiotic resistant and emerging infectious disease. The development of our vaccine programs incorporates the use of our proprietary heat stabilization platform technology, known as ThermoVax®. To date, this business segment has been supported with government grant and contract funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
For further information regarding Soligenix, Inc., please visit the Company's website at www.soligenix.com.
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