Chemokine Therapeutics Announces New President And Chief Executive Officer
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Apr 16, 2008 -- Chemokine Therapeutics Corp. ("Chemokine Therapeutics" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company developing chemokine-based therapies to treat cancer, blood disorders, and vascular disease today announced the appointment of Walter Korz as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Korz succeeds Bashir Jaffer who held the position as Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis since December 2007. Mr. Jaffer will continue to serve the Company as Chief Financial Officer.
"With approval from the FDA and Health Canada to conduct a Phase II study with our lead compound, CTCE-9908, I look forward to leading our management team efforts in raising capital and stimulating the growth of the Company as it continues through clinical development," said Walter Korz, President and CEO of the Company.
Mr. Korz has been with the Company since March 2003 serving as Vice President of Drug Development. His multi-disciplinary experience spans seventeen years in the biotechnology sector as well as an additional ten years in the healthcare sector. He brings with him a broad drug development background, including experience in regulatory, clinical, business development and medical affairs. His experience with therapeutic and diagnostic research drugs encompasses various indications including cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. Prior to joining Chemokine, from 2000 to 2003 he held the position of Clinical Development Manager with Angiotech Pharmaceuticals overseeing their systemic therapeutics. Mr. Korz's experience includes overseeing the development of diagnostic and therapeutic products with AltaRex Corp. in Edmonton and Boston. His initial drug development, clinical and regulatory experiences were gained with Biomira Inc.
The Company would like to thank Bashir Jaffer for his many contributions over the past four months in the position of Interim CEO and looks forward to his continued service as a core member of the management team.
About Chemokine Therapeutics Corp. (Toronto:CTI.TO - News)(OTC BB:CHKT.OB - News)
Chemokine Therapeutics is a product-focused biotechnology company developing drug candidates in the field of chemokines. Chemokines are a class of signaling proteins that play a critical role in the growth, differentiation, and maturation of cells necessary for fighting infection as well as tissue repair and regeneration. Chemokines also have an important role in cancer metastasis and growth. Chemokine Therapeutics is a leader in research in the field of chemokines and has several products in various stages of development.
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