NEW YORK and VIENNA, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HOOK, ‘HOOKIPA’), a company developing a new class of immunotherapeutics based on its proprietary arenavirus platform, announced today that Terry Coelho will join its Board of Directors, Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, effective April 3, 2023.
“Terry is an immensely valuable addition to our Board given her experience in business strategy, broad financial transactions and business development, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Joern Aldag, Chief Executive Officer at HOOKIPA. “Terry has worked with companies large and small and navigated fast-paced, complex business environments, including in the pharmaceutical sector. We will undoubtedly benefit from her insights and expertise, as we advance our pipeline of arenaviral therapeutic candidates both in and towards the clinic.”
Ms. Coelho has over 35 years of experience as a multinational leader and executive with broad business, strategic and leadership experience in general management and across all areas of finance at public and private companies in multiple sectors, including pharmaceuticals. She most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Development Officer for CinCor Pharma, Inc, through November 2022. Prior to that, Ms. Coelho served in executive leadership roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BioDelivery Sciences International, and Chief Financial Officer at Balchem Corporation and Diversey, Inc. Ms. Coelho’s experience includes over seven years at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, primarily with the Oncology division, where she held roles of increasing responsibility focused in business planning and leading global oncology development finance. She began her career at Mars, Inc.
Ms. Coelho is a Member of the Board of Directors at First Wave BioPharma (NASDAQ: FWBI). She graduated summa cum laude from The American University in Washington, D.C. and earned her masters of business administration from the Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ms. Coelho is a founding member of the CFO Leadership Council (Charlotte and Raleigh chapters) and has served on the advisory board for Northeastern University’s M.B.A. Finance Track and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Women in Business.
“It’s an exciting time to join HOOKIPA, with its strong pipeline in oncology and infectious diseases, as well as its strategic collaborations with premier players in the pharmaceutical sector,” said Terry Coelho. “I look forward to sharing my experience and perspective as the company drives its clinical programs forward and we continue with the next phase of growth.”
HOOKIPA Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: HOOK) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel immunotherapies, based on its proprietary arenavirus platform, which are designed to mobilize and amplify targeted T cells and thereby fight or prevent serious disease. HOOKIPA’s replicating and non-replicating technologies are engineered to induce robust and durable antigen-specific CD8+ T cell responses and pathogen-neutralizing antibodies. HOOKIPA’s pipeline includes its wholly owned investigational arenaviral immunotherapies targeting Human Papillomavirus 16-positive cancers, prostate cancers, and other undisclosed oncology programs. HOOKIPA is collaborating with Roche on an arenaviral immunotherapeutic for KRAS-mutated cancers. In addition, HOOKIPA aims to develop functional cures of HBV and HIV in collaboration with Gilead.
Find out more about HOOKIPA online at www.hookipapharma.com.
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