Marshall Edwards Appoints New President and CEO
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) - Marshall Edwards, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSHLD), an oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel anti-cancer therapeutics, is pleased to announce that Daniel Gold, Ph.D., an accomplished executive in drug development and translational research, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Dr. Gold will assume his new duties immediately. Based in San Diego, Dr. Gold will be responsible for the development of the Company's oncology compounds as well as developing the business strategy for the future success of the Company.
"Dr. Gold has an impressive track record of translating drug discovery into drug development, including all phases of clinical development," said Professor Bryan Williams, Chairman, Marshall Edwards, Inc. "His experience with both private and public biotechnology companies will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Company. He will be instrumental in the design and implementation of our corporate strategy as we advance the development of our portfolio of exciting compounds."
Dr. Gold has more than 25 years of drug discovery and development experience. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Prospect Therapeutics, a mid-stage oncology company. Prior to his tenure at Prospect, Dr. Gold was founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Favrille, Inc., where he was an integral member of a team that raised more than $200 million, including an IPO in 2005, and advanced that company's lead oncology candidate through a pivotal Phase III clinical trial.
Dr. Gold's academic qualifications include Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, at the Harvard School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Cancer Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Pathology/Immunology from Tufts University, Boston and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Los Angeles.
"Marshall Edwards has an exciting portfolio of oncology compounds," said Dr. Gold. "I look forward to maximizing the value of the Company's clinical work to date on its lead candidate, phenoxodiol, including the completion of data analysis from the OVATURE trial later this quarter, as well as advancing the development of our next two compounds, triphendiol and NV-128. My immediate focus will be on implementing a strategy that will most effectively and efficiently move these promising candidates through clinical development."
About Marshall Edwards, Inc.
Marshall Edwards, Inc. is a specialist oncology company focused on the clinical development of novel anti-cancer therapeutics. These derive from a flavonoid technology platform, which has generated a number of novel compounds characterized by broad ranging activity against a range of cancer cell types with few side effects. The combination of anti-tumor cell activity and low toxicity is believed to be a result of the ability of these compounds to target an enzyme present in the cell membrane of cancer cells, thereby inhibiting the production of pro-survival proteins within the cell. Marshall Edwards has licensed rights from Novogen Limited (ASX: NRT) (NASDAQ: NVGN) to bring four oncology drugs -- phenoxodiol, triphendiol, NV-143 and NV-128 -- to market globally.
Marshall Edwards is majority owned by Novogen Limited, an Australian biotechnology company that is specializing in the development of therapeutics based on a flavonoid technology platform. Novogen is developing a range of therapeutics across the fields of oncology, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases. More information on phenoxodiol and on the Novogen group of companies can be found at www.marshalledwardsinc.com and www.novogen.com.
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