Vancouver, B.C. February 8th, 2010 ? biOasis Technologies Inc. (BTI) is pleased to announce that Mr. Hugh MacNaught has accepted the position of Executive Vice President with the Company.
Hugh is a senior executive focused on providing transformational leadership to technology ventures. He is recognized for his expertise in developing and commercializing technologies for companies ranging in size from university spin-outs to multinational companies. His experience within the medical and life science sectors includes management roles within Boehringer Mannheim (acquired by Roche), Kodak (Johnson & Johnson) and Amersham (GE).
“Since joining the company in a consulting role in September 2009 Hugh has familiarized himself with the technology and corporate plans to the point where he was willing to take on a larger role.” says CEO Rob Hutchison. “2009 was very much a team building period for biOasis and Hugh was a major part of that. He was instrumental in organizing the relationship between biOasis and Fleet Bioprocessing, which was a major milestone for the company in 2009. Hugh as team leader will manage that relationship while we commence the commercialization of the p97 diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s Disease. biOasis is very fortunate that Hugh agreed to take on this senior role and contribute to the development of the Company and its diagnostic and therapeutic programs.”
“p97 has interested me since 1998, when I assessed the technology for an institutional investor. Aside from its utility as a biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease, p97 has the ability to carry drugs across the blood brain barrier. This holds enormous promise to enable the use of drugs that were previously incapable of crossing the BBB.” says Hugh MacNaught. “When Rob and I talked about expanding the management team I was very honored and excited when he ask if I would take on the Executive VP role. In late 2009 biOasis reached a tipping point and 2010 is going to be a very exciting year for biOasis and I am very proud that I will be a major part of that.”
Hugh will receive 450,000 incentive stock options, exercisable at $0.68 for 5 years from the date of grant, all subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The options are subject to vesting provisions.
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a Canadian Life Sciences company focused on the Health Care & Life Sciences market, and is engaged in the development and commercialization of diagnostics and therapeutic delivery systems related to neurological diseases. It has extensive and comprehensive intellectual property (“IP”), which it obtained from The University of British Columbia. The Company’s initial area of focus has been on the utilization of the IP to pursue a biomarker for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. This IP has been corroborated in double- blinded and successive multi-site clinical trials.
The Company is also accelerating its work on its Blood Brain Barrier Compound Delivery Platform (“B3CDP”) that has been independently verified to shuttle a variety of therapeutic compounds across the Blood Brain Barrier.
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