Sernova Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Modestus Obochi, Ph.D., MBA, as Chief Business Officer
LONDON, Ontario, July 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sernova Corp. (TSX: SVA) (OTCQB: SEOVF) (FSE/XETRA: PSH), a clinical-stage company and leader in cell therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Modestus Obochi, Ph.D., MBA, a veteran dealmaker and strategic leader with 25+ years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience, as Chief Business Officer effective September 8, 2023.
“Dr. Obochi brings additional invaluable industry acumen to our expanding leadership team,” said Dr. Philip Toleikis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sernova. “His proven expertise in strategy, business development, product lifecycle management, and operational excellence will be vital to our team as we continue to strategically advance our proprietary therapeutic cell therapy technologies including our Cell Pouch System™, both independently and with industry partners, as a potential ‘functional cure’ for multiple chronic diseases.”
Dr. Obochi added, “I am very excited by the significant commercial and the immense clinical potential that Sernova’s proprietary cell therapy platform has shown with the ongoing Phase 1/2 study in people living with type 1 diabetes. As an immunologist and someone whose family has been impacted by the devastating effects of T1D, the Sernova opportunity is very personal to me. I look forward to working with Sernova’s management and Board of Directors, its partners, and research collaborators as we aim to develop Sernova’s proprietary cell therapy platform into a commercially viable ‘functional cure’ modality for multiple chronic diseases, including insulin-dependent diabetes, hemophilia A, and hypothyroidism.”
Based in the Chicago, Illinois area, where he has resided for the last 16 years, Dr. Obochi joins Sernova from Phlow Corp., where he served as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. In that role, he led the design, development, and execution of corporate strategy and business development plans. He also managed the due diligence, structuring, and negotiations of all transactions, including licensing deals, product acquisitions, partnerships, M&A, and strategic investments. Prior to his role at Phlow Corp., Dr. Obochi held several executive-level commercial and business development roles at leading pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Hospira, and Baxter International, and has previously consulted for several biotechnology companies. Most notably, in these roles, Dr. Obochi has helped corporations raise significant capital and has successfully structured and closed multiple strategic transactions worth over $5 billion. Dr. Obochi holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and an MBA from the Beedie School of Business of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He has published over 30 manuscripts, including journal articles and symposia abstracts, and is an inventor on several patents, including one on cell transplantation.
ABOUT SERNOVA CORP. AND THE CELL POUCH SYSTEM PLATFORM FOR CELL THERAPY
Sernova Corp. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is developing therapeutic cell technologies for chronic diseases, including insulin-dependent diabetes, thyroid disease, and blood disorders that include hemophilia A. Sernova is currently focused on developing a ‘functional cure’ for insulin-dependent diabetes with its therapeutic cell technology lead asset, the Cell Pouch System, a novel implantable and scalable medical device with immune protected therapeutic cells. On implantation, The Cell Pouch forms a natural vascularized tissue environment in the body for long-term survival and function of therapeutic cells that release essential factors that are absent or deficient in the bodies of patients with certain chronic diseases. Sernova’s Cell Pouch System has demonstrated its potential to be a ‘functional cure’ for people with T1D in an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical study at the University of Chicago. Sernova is also advancing a proprietary technology in collaboration with the University of Miami to shield therapeutic cells from immune system attack with the goal to eliminate the need for chronic, systemic immunosuppression. In May 2022, Sernova and Evotec entered into a global strategic partnership to develop an implantable off-the-shelf iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cells) based islet replacement therapy. This partnership provides Sernova a potentially unlimited supply of insulin-producing cells to treat millions of patients with insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 and type 2). Sernova continues to progress two additional development programs that utilize its Cell Pouch System: a cell therapy for hypothyroid disease resulting from thyroid gland removal and an ex vivo lentiviral factor VIII gene therapy for hemophilia A.
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|Corey Davis, Ph.D.
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