SAN DIEGO, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) today announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre Bizzari, M.D. to its Board of Directors. Dr. Bizzari brings extensive experience in oncology drug development.
"I am delighted to welcome Jean-Pierre to our Board of Directors," said Dr. Helen Torley, President and Chief Executive Officer. "His track record of success in developing strategies that have resulted in global approvals for some of the world's most important cancer drugs make him a strong fit for Halozyme. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise and counsel as we execute our strategy to advance PEGPH20 in multiple tumor settings and expand ENHANZE collaborations."
Dr. Bizzari was Group Head, Clinical Oncology Development at Celgene Corporation, a role he held since 2008. In this position, Dr. Bizzari was responsible for Celgene's clinical development and operations-statistics teams across the U.S., Europe and Asia/Japan and has overseen the development and approval of a number of leading oncology products including REVLIMID® (lenalidomide), VIDAZA® (azacitidine), ISTODAX® (romidepsin) and ABRAXANE® (nab-paclitaxel). In addition, he was Chairman of Celgene's hematology oncology development committee and a member of the company's management committee.
Prior to his role at Celgene, Dr. Bizzari was the Vice President, Clinical Oncology Development for Sanofi-Aventis where he oversaw the approval of Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin), Taxotere® (docetaxel) and Elitek® (rasburicase). Prior to that he was Vice President, Clinical Development Oncology for Sanofi-Synthelabo and had previously held the same role for Rhône-Poulenc Rorer.
Dr. Bizzari is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of France's National Cancer Institute and is a board member of Transgene. Jean-Pierre Bizzari is a Doctor of Medicine and a graduate of the Nice Medical School and a specialist in oncology (training in Toronto and Montreal). Dr. Bizzari was also an assistant in the medical oncology department at La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris.
Halozyme Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative products that advance patient care. With a diversified portfolio of enzymes that target the extracellular matrix, the Company's research focuses primarily on a family of human enzymes, known as hyaluronidases, which increase the dispersion and absorption of biologics, drugs and fluids. Halozyme's pipeline addresses therapeutic areas, including oncology, diabetes and dermatology that have significant unmet medical need today. The Company has partnerships with Roche, Pfizer, Janssen and Baxter. Halozyme is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information on how we are innovating, please visit our corporate website at www.halozyme.com.
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Susan Neath Francis