ROCKVILLE, Md., March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MacroGenics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGNX) today announced that its Board of Directors is increasing its size from seven to eight members and that Matthew Fust has been appointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Fust joins the Board and becomes Chairman of its Audit Committee, effective immediately. Mr. Fust will serve as a Class II Director, with Class II having a term expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2015.
Matthew Fust was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company that was purchased by Amgen in October 2013. Mr. Fust joined the company in January 2009. From May 2003 to December 2008, Mr. Fust served as Chief Financial Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Fust served as Chief Financial Officer of Perlegen Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, where he was an executive from 1996 until 2002. Mr. Fust serves as a Director of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. Mr. Fust received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"We welcome Matt to the Board of Directors of MacroGenics. His extensive financial leadership experience and strong track record in the biopharma industry make him an important addition to the Board," said Scott Koenig, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of MacroGenics.
About MacroGenics, Inc.
MacroGenics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. The company generates its pipeline of product candidates from its proprietary suite of next-generation antibody technology platforms, which it believes improve the performance of monoclonal antibodies and antibody-derived molecules. The company creates both differentiated molecules that are directed to novel cancer targets, as well as "bio-betters," which are drugs designed to improve upon marketed medicines. The combination of MacroGenics' technology platforms and antibody engineering expertise has allowed the company to generate promising product candidates and enter into several strategic collaborations with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
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