SAN DIEGO, November 13, 2019 — Pfenex Inc. (NYSE American: PFNX), today announced that Susan Knudson has resigned for personal reasons from her role as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer effective November 13, 2019, but will continue to support the company by providing transition services until February 1, 2020. The company is conducting a search for a successor.
“We appreciate Susan’s contributions to Pfenex and her work with the finance team during the past years in which we transformed Pfenex, ultimately leading to our FDA approval for PF708, a potential therapeutic equivalent to Forteo®,” said Eef Schimmelpennink, Chief Executive Officer of Pfenex. “Susan’s efforts have been key to our success, and we wish her all the best going forward.”
Ms. Knudson said, “My time at Pfenex has been rewarding. I have been particularly honored to have helped build the company alongside Pfenex’s many dedicated employees. I am confident that the Pfenex team’s focus and capability will continue to drive success and build value for our stockholders, and I wish them great success.”
About Pfenex Inc.
Pfenex is a development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging its Pfēnex Expression Technology® to develop and improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs. Using the patented Pfēnex Expression Technology platform, Pfenex has created an advanced pipeline of potential therapeutic equivalents, and vaccines. Pfenex’s lead product candidate is PF708, a therapeutic equivalent candidate to Forteo® (teriparatide injection). PF708 has been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of osteoporosis in certain patients at high risk of fracture, and marketing authorization applications are pending in other jurisdictions. In addition, Pfenex is developing hematology/oncology products in collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, including PF743, a recombinant crisantaspase, and PF745, a recombinant crisantaspase with half-life extension technology. Pfenex also uses its Pfēnex Expression Technology platform to produce CRM197, a diphtheria toxoid carrier protein used in prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.
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