CollPlant Announces Appointment of Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P. as Chairman of the Board of Directors
REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CollPlant (NASDAQ: CLGN), a regenerative and aesthetic medicine company, today announced the appointment of Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., F.A.C.P. to its Board of Directors as Chairman, effective immediately. Dr. Pomerantz is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ContraFect.
Based in the U.S., Dr. Pomerantz has extensive board experience and currently serves on the boards of Intec Pharma and VerImmune, in addition to ContraFect. He also serves as the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Aridis Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Pomerantz was a Venture Partner at Flagship Pioneering from 2014 through 2019. Previously, Dr. Pomerantz, served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Seres Therapeutics, where he continues to serve as advisor. Prior to joining Seres, Dr. Pomerantz was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Head of Licensing & Acquisition at Merck & Co., Inc and prior to that was Senior Vice President and Global Franchise Head of Infectious Diseases at Merck. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Pomerantz was Global Head of Infectious Diseases for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.
"Dr. Pomerantz's extensive knowledge of the life science industry as a clinician, senior executive and board member is exactly what we need as we bolster our strategic partnerships and clinical development efforts for our recombinant human collagen (rhCollagen) technology platform," said Yehiel Tal, CollPlant Chief Executive Officer. "Roger is an excellent addition to our team and will play an integral role in our mission to provide optimal treatment options for patients through ground-breaking solutions in the field of regenerative and aesthetic medicine."
Dr. Pomerantz received his B.A. in Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received post-graduate training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and M.I.T. Dr. Pomerantz is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He was Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Chief of Infectious Diseases, and the Founding Director and Chair of the Institute for Human Virology and Biodefense at the Thomas Jefferson University and Medical School. He has developed twelve small and large molecular drugs approved world-wide in important diseases, including HIV, HCV,CMV, C. Diff, and tuberculosis.
"I'm thrilled to join CollPlant's Board at a pivotal time in the Company's mission to revolutionize the fields of regenerative and aesthetic medicine via its rhCollagen technology platform," said Dr. Pomerantz. "I believe that CollPlant's innovative technology platform will help to meet the rapidly growing needs of the medical aesthetics space by transforming soft tissue regeneration as well as tissue and organ manufacturing. I am looking forward to contributing the depth and breadth of my experiences in pioneering novel solutions for patients around the world."
CollPlant is a regenerative and aesthetic medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, and medical aesthetics. Our products are based on our rhCollagen (recombinant human collagen) that is produced with CollPlant's proprietary plant based genetic engineering technology.
Our products address indications for the diverse fields of organ and tissue repair, and are ushering in a new era in regenerative medicine. Our flagship rhCollagen BioInk product line is ideal for 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs. CollPlant has a licensing agreement with United Therapeutics, whereby United Therapeutics is using CollPlant's BioInks in the manufacture of 3D bioprinted lungs for transplant in humans. The Company has a collaboration agreement with 3D Systems to advance and accelerate tissue and scaffold bioprinting by delivering an integrated 3D printer and BioInks solution to third parties. CollPlant's industry collaboration partnerships include the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO).
For more information about CollPlant, visit http://www.collplant.com.
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