|BLUE BELL, Pa., Mar. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO:$0.62,00$0.0099,1.62%) announced today Dr. Adel Mahmoud, a global infectious disease and vaccines expert, has been appointed to Inovio's Board of Directors. During his long tenure at Merck & Co., Dr. Mahmoud was responsible for the development and commercialization of several new important vaccines, including Gardasil®, Zostavax®, Proquad® and Rotateq®.|
Dr. Mahmoud is currently Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was President, Merck Vaccines, from 1999 to 2005 and also served as Merck's Chief Medical Advisor for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases. More recently, Dr. Mahmoud has been leading strategy development for global health agencies tackling bioterrorism and emerging diseases such as pandemic influenza and SARS. Prior to joining Merck, Dr. Mahmoud was Chairman, Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief (1987-1998) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Mahmoud said, "I am pleased to join the medical and business leaders on Inovio's Board at a time when Inovio's synthetic vaccine technology is achieving important evidence of its potential and its avenues for product development and advancement represent an array of notable opportunities and choices."
Dr. J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO, said, "Dr. Mahmoud is known throughout the industry for his success in gaining approval for several blockbuster vaccines. His insights will be advantageous to Inovio as we move our synthetic vaccine portfolio toward late-stage clinical trials."
About Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO:$0.62,00$0.0099,1.62%)
Inovio is revolutionizing vaccines to prevent and treat today's cancers and challenging infectious diseases. Its SynCon® vaccines are designed to provide universal cross-strain protection against known as well as newly emergent unmatched strains of pathogens such as influenza. These synthetic vaccines, in combination with Inovio's proprietary electroporation delivery, have been shown in humans to generate best-in-class immune responses with a favorable safety profile. Inovio's clinical programs include Phase II studies for cervical dysplasia, leukemia and hepatitis C virus and Phase I studies for influenza and HIV. Partners and collaborators include the University of Pennsylvania, Merck, ChronTech, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Military HIV Research Program, NIH, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, University of Southampton, US Dept. of Homeland Security and PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. More information is available at www.inovio.com.