SHANGHAI, China and PALO ALTO, Calif., July 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellular Biomedicine Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CBMG) ("CBMG" or the "Company"), a biomedicine firm engaged in the development of new treatments for degenerative and cancerous diseases, today announced the appointment of Alan List, MD as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. List will lead the board's efforts to provide guidance and insight to advance CBMG's multiple ongoing research programs and pipeline of therapies targeting unmet needs in the treatment of degenerative and cancerous diseases.
"Dr. List brings with him a wealth of experience in managing scientists, doctors and hospitals, which will add tremendous value to our Scientific Advisory Board," said Dr. William (Wei) Cao, Chief Executive Officer for the Company. "His position with the Moffitt Cancer Center and development of effective treatments from laboratory to FDA approval will no doubt advance our growing Immuno-Oncology platform, which includes Chimeric Antigen T-Cell Receptor (CAR-T) therapies and the recently acquired CD40LGVAX, a next generation cancer vaccine. We look forward to benefitting from the expertise of Dr. List."
"I am pleased to be joining and chairing the Scientific Advisory Board of CBMG, a company with high potential, innovative therapeutics, and a seasoned management team. I look forward to guiding the company as it pursues its important mission to develop and bring to market safe and effective therapeutics for cancerous and degenerative diseases," said Dr. List.
About Alan List, MD
Dr. Alan List is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, FL. Dr. List is internationally recognized for his many contributions in the development of novel, more effective treatment strategies for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). His pioneering work led to the development of lenalidomide (Revlimid®) from the laboratory to clinical trials, which went on to receive fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval for the treatment of patients with MDS and multiple myeloma. This work transformed the natural history of MDS from a premalignant condition that progressed to malignancy requiring aggressive treatment to a condition managed in the outpatient setting with oral agents.
Previously Dr. List served as Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, the Vice Deputy Physician-in-Chief, and the Chief of the Malignant Hematology Division at Moffitt, where he holds the Morsani Endowed Chair. Before joining Moffitt in 2003, Dr. List was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he also served concurrently as the Director of the Leukemia and Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and Director of the Division of Translational/Clinical Research Program.
After earning a medical degree in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Dr. List completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He then completed fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. List receives peer-reviewed NIH support for his work and publishes extensively in the areas of MDS and acute leukemia. He is the author of more than 280 peer-reviewed articles and the Clinician's Manual on Myelodysplastic Syndromes (2008).
About Cellular Biomedicine Group
Cellular Biomedicine Group, Inc. develops proprietary cell therapies for the treatment of certain degenerative diseases and cancers. Our developmental stem cell, progenitor cell, and immune cell projects are the result of research and development by scientists and doctors from China and the United States. Our flagship GMP facility in China, consisting of six independent cell production lines, is designed, certified and managed according to U.S. standards. To learn more about CBMG, please visit: www.cellbiomedgroup.com.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt's excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Best Hospitals" for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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