– HONG-KONG, Hong Kong – Hutchison China MediTech Limited (“Chi-Med“) (AIM/Nasdaq: HCM) today announces that with effect from today that Dr Karen Jean Ferrante has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Technical Committee and member of Audit Committee, and Professor Christopher Huang tendered his resignation as Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Technical Committee and member of Audit Committee.
Dr Ferrante, aged 59, has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She was the former Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for prostate cancer and other hormonally driven diseases. From September 2007 to July 2013, Dr Ferrante held senior positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, including Chief Medical Officer and most recently as Oncology Therapeutic Area and Cambridge USA Site Head. From 1999 to 2007, she held positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer Inc., with the last position as Vice President, Oncology Development. She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1995 as Associate Director of Clinical Oncology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. For more than a decade prior to that, she was at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), where she completed her internship and residency in internal medicine followed by her fellowship in hematology and oncology.
Dr Ferrante is currently a member of the board of directors of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and MacroGenics, Inc. She was previously a director of Baxalta Incorporated until it was acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals in 2016.
Dr Ferrante has been an author of a number of papers in the field of oncology, an active participant in academic and professional associations and symposia and holder of several patents. Dr Ferrante holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Providence College and a Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown University.
Dr Ferrante does not have any shareholdings in Chi-Med. Save for the information disclosed above, there is no other information in relation to Dr Ferrante that is required to be disclosed pursuant to Rule 17 and Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.
Mr Simon To, Chairman of Chi-Med said “We welcome Dr Ferrante to the Board whose experiences in the global biopharmaceutical industry will be important to the Company and thank Professor Christopher Huang for his invaluable contributions to the Company during his tenure.”
Chi-Med is an innovative biopharmaceutical company which researches, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Its Innovation Platform, Hutchison MediPharma Limited, focuses on discovering and developing innovative therapeutics in oncology and autoimmune diseases for the global market. Its Commercial Platform manufactures, markets, and distributes prescription drugs and consumer health products in China.
Chi-Med is majority owned by the multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (SEHK: 0001).
For more information : http://www.chi-med.com
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