24 April 2018 | News
Kenneth A. Berlin appointed President, CEO and Director; Dr. Andres A. Gutierrez named Chief Medical Officer; Sara Bonstein, CFO, to depart
Singapore – Advaxis, a late-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of immunotherapy products, announced that Kenneth A. Berlin has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 23, 2018, and will also serve as a Director of the company. Interim CEO Anthony Lombardo will remain with Advaxis for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition to Mr. Berlin.
In addition, Andres A. Gutierrez, M.D., Ph.D. has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, effective April 23, 2018. Advaxis also announced that CFO Sara Bonstein will be leaving the company as of April 30, 2018 to pursue a new professional opportunity. The Company is actively engaged in the search for a new CFO, and will announce an interim appointment shortly.
“After a comprehensive and methodical search, we are very pleased to announce that Ken Berlin has agreed to join Advaxis as President and CEO, and that Dr. Andres Gutierrez is joining our team as CMO. Both of these executives are eminently qualified for their new positions, and we expect to benefit greatly from their expertise. Under their leadership, we look to the future of the company with excitement and confidence,” stated David Sidransky, M.D., Chairman of the Board. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Sara Bonstein and Anthony Lombardo for their valued service to the company as CFO and interim CEO, respectively, and extend best wishes to both of them.”
Dr. Gutierrez received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from the National University of Mexico, with board certification in internal medicine and a fellowship in clinical oncology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. He has presented clinical data at more than 85 scientific and medical meetings, has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, is a contributing author on nine medical textbooks and is named on 20 patents relating to drug development.