SYDNEY, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited (ASX:NRT; NASDAQ: NVGN) today announced the appointment of Dr James Garner as Chief Executive Officer. Dr Garner will take up the role on 1 February 2016, at which time he will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Novogen.
Dr Garner, 42, brings broad experience in drug development and commercialisation, acquired through regional and global roles in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector. His previous responsibilities have included leading non-clinical safety and efficacy, phase I-IV clinical trials, product registration, reimbursement, medical marketing and business development.
Dr Garner is currently Head of the Unit Development Office, AP R&D with Sanofi and is based in Singapore. He will relocate to Sydneyin the New Year.
After qualifying in medicine at Imperial College in London, Dr Garner spent several years as a practicing clinician in the UK andAustralia before joining Bain & Company, a global management consulting company in 2002. He subsequently worked with Biogen and Progen Pharmaceuticals in Australia and with Quintiles, an international clinical research organisation in Singapore.
In 2009, he was appointed Regional Vice President for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company with overall responsibility for all clinical development activities and registration of new chemical entities in the Asian region (excluding Japan), and served as General Manager of the company's regional R&D Hub in Singapore. In mid-2013, Dr Garner took up his current role at Sanofi.
Aside from his medical qualifications, Dr Garner holds a BSc (with First Class Honours) from University College London, an MA in Philosophy and an MBA from the University of Queensland, and a postgraduate qualification in Applied Finance & Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. In 2008, he was named a 'Young Executive of the Year' by the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine.
In announcing the appointment, Novogen's Interim Chairman, Ian Phillips welcomed Dr Garner to the Company.
"James is joining Novogen at an exciting time and he brings a wealth of relevant experience from the international pharmaceutical and biotech sector. I am confident as CEO, he will lead us through the next stage of the Company's development and achieve both our short and long term goals," Mr Phillips said.
"Also I would like to take this opportunity to thank Iain Ross for the significant contribution he has made over the past 5 months as Acting CEO by ensuring that the Company is well-placed to progress our lead candidates through to the clinic in 2016/17. Mr Ross has led the initiative to identify and successfully recruit James Garner as our new CEO."
Biographical Summary of Dr Garner
James Garner, MA, MBA, MBBS, BSc (Hons)
Citizenship: UK & Australia
2006 Master of Business Administration – University of Queensland
2001 Master of Arts (Philosophy) – University of Queensland
1997 Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery – Imperial College
1994 Bachelor of Sciences (First Class Honours) - University College London
Registered Medical Practitioner with the General Medical Council of Great Britain
2013 – Head, Unit Development Office, Asia R&D with Sanofi (Singapore)
2009 – 2013 Vice President & General Manager, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (Singapore)
2009 Regional Medical Officer with Quintiles (Singapore)
2007 – 2008 Vice President, Clinical & Medical Affairs with Progen Pharmaceuticals (Brisbane)
2004 – 2006 Medical Manager with Biogen (Sydney)
2002 – 2003 Corporate strategy consultant with Bain & Company (Sydney)
1997 – 1999 Hospital physician
Summary of Key Terms of the Executive Employment Agreement Between Novogen And Dr Garner
Position and Commencement Date
The Company appoints Dr Garner as CEO starting on 1 February 2016. On commencement, he will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Novogen and other group companies (which may also include committees to the Board).
(a) Base salary: A$400,000 per annum (not including superannuation).
(b) Performance bonus: each year Dr Garner may receive a performance bonus valued at up to 30% of his Base Salary (given at the discretion of the Board, and measured against the key performance indicators in place for the relevant year).
(c) Subject to any necessary approvals, Dr Garner will be entitled to participate in the Novogen Executive Share Option Plan (ESOP) in accordance with the rules of the scheme, corporate laws and relevant listing/stock exchange rules. Under the ESOP, Dr Garner will be granted options over 7.5 million shares which will vest in tranches over 4 years. The exercise prices are calculated by adding a 45% to 90% premium to the 30 day Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) to the close of business on 11 December 2015.
The employment agreement may be terminated by either Novogen or Dr Garner by providing 6 months' notice. Novogen may elect for the termination to take effect earlier by making a payment in lieu of notice or may direct Dr Garner to take leave in that period. Dr Garner's employment may also be terminated in instances of serious misconduct, if he fails to carry out his duties or is incapacitated for an extended period.
In Australia and New Zealand for a period of up to 12 months after his employment ends, Dr Garner will be restrained from:
- being engaged by a competitor to Novogen's business; and
- soliciting Novogen business or employees away from Novogen.
About Novogen Limited
Novogen is a public, Australian-US drug development company whose shares trade on both The Australian Securities Exchange (NRT) and NASDAQ (NVGN). The Novogen Group includes US-based, CanTx Inc., a joint venture company with Yale University. Novogen has two drug technology platforms [the superbenzopyrans (SBPs) and anti-tropomyosins (ATMs)] yielding drug candidates that are first-in-class with potential application across a range of oncology indications. Given the encouraging data from in vitro and in vivo preclinical proof-of-concept studies in the field of oncology, the Company's immediate focus is to undertake the respective toxicology programs. The target indication for Cantrixil is ovarian cancer, and Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) for Trilexium. While the initial target pediatric indication for Anisina has been identified as neuroblastoma, Novogen is yet to identify the adult indication and is intending to open an all-comers Phase 1 trial initially based on its preclinical studies. For more information, please visit www.novogen.com