BURLINGTON, Mass., June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coronado Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNDO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel immunotherapy biologic agents for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer, announced today that George Avgerinos, Ph.D. has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Biologics Operations. Dr. Avgerinos will lead Coronado's global manufacturing and supply chain efforts for both TSO (Trichuris suis ova or CNDO-201) and CNDO-109, including the development of the Company's manufacturing facility for TSO in Woburn, Massachusetts.
"We are excited that Dr. Avgerinos has joined us in developing our clinical programs," said Dr. Harlan F. Weisman, Coronado's Chairman and CEO. "Dr. Avgerinos led the manufacturing and supply chain efforts for HUMIRA® (adalimumab) at AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie). His extensive experience in biologics will significantly support our efforts in moving TSO and CNDO-109 forward. We believe that Dr. Avgerinos is an important addition to the management team and are pleased that we have continued to add talent of his caliber as we move closer to the results of TRUST-I, our phase 2 clinical trial in Crohn's disease, expected in the second half of 2013."
Most recently, Dr. Avgerinos was at AbbVie where he was Vice President, HUMIRA® Manufacturing Sciences and External Partnerships. In his 23 year career at AbbVie, formerly Abbott Laboratories, formerly BASF Bioresearch Corporation (BASF), Dr. Avgerinos had responsibility for many aspects of Biologics development and operations. These included the HUMIRA® operations franchise, global biologics process and manufacturing sciences, biologics CMC, manufacturing operations, and third party manufacturing. During his tenure, Dr. Avgerinos led and participated in the development of numerous clinical candidates which included the launch of HUMIRA®. He supported expansion of the supply chain to over $9 Billion in annual global sales in its enviable position as the world's largest selling drug. Dr. Avgerinos' efforts on HUMIRA® have been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Abbott's Chairman's award in 2011.
Dr. Avgerinos started his career at Biogen, Inc. in 1981 and subsequently joined Collaborative Research Inc. while serving as Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Avgerinos has authored numerous publications in the area of biotechnology product development and manufacturing and holds a number of product and process patents. Dr. Avgerinos received a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Coronado Biosciences
Coronado Biosciences is engaged in the development of novel immunotherapy biologic agents. The company's two principal pharmaceutical product candidates in clinical development are: TSO (Trichuris suis ova or CNDO-201), a biologic for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis; and CNDO-109, a biologic that activates natural killer (NK) cells, for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), multiple myeloma and solid tumors. For more information, please visit www.coronadobiosciences.com.
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