KVISTGAARD, Denmark, Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bavarian Nordic A/S (OMX:BAVA) today announced that Reiner Laus, Executive Vice President and Division President Cancer Vaccines will leave his position effective as of today.
Reiner Laus has headed Bavarian Nordic's California-based cancer vaccine division, BN ImmunoTherapeutics since 2005, where it was founded to develop active immunotherapies within the cancer field based on the company's MVA-BN® technology. During his tenure, Dr. Laus has been instrumental in the development of the company's clinical pipeline, including the preparations for the current late-stage clinical development of PROSTVAC®. The company has initiated a search for a replacement to fill his position which is expected to be concluded soon.
About Bavarian Nordic
Bavarian Nordic is a vaccine-focused biotechnology company developing and producing novel vaccines for the treatment and prevention of life-threatening diseases with a large unmet medical need. The company's pipeline targets cancer and infectious diseases, and includes ten development programs. In oncology, the company's lead program is PROSTVAC®, a therapeutic vaccine candidate for advanced prostate cancer that is the subject of an ongoing pivotal Phase 3 trial and is being developed under a collaboration agreement with the National Cancer Institute. In clinical Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials, PROSTVAC® has been tested in nearly 600 patients. In infectious diseases, the company's lead program is IMVAMUNE®, a non-replicating smallpox vaccine candidate that is being developed and supplied for emergency use to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile under a contract with the U.S. Government. For more information, visit www.bavarian-nordic.com
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