NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) (NASDAQ: CKPT), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients with solid tumor cancers, today announced that it has appointed Christian Béchon to its Board of Directors.
James F. Oliviero, President and Chief Executive Officer of Checkpoint, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Christian to Checkpoint’s Board of Directors. His experience as Chairman and CEO of LFB S.A., a major European biopharmaceutical company with global operations, will make him a valuable addition to our Board. We look forward to leveraging Christian’s expertise as we continue to advance toward pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials next year.”
Mr. Béchon brings more than two decades of business experience to Checkpoint. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChB Consultants, a privately held life science consultancy company. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Béchon was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LFB S.A., a French biopharmaceutical company with more than €500M in annual revenue. Previously, he was Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group in 2005 and 2006. Earlier in his career, he held various positions in the French government, including Chief of Staff to the Minister for Public Health and Health Insurance. From 2000 to 2004, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry. He is a graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures engineering school, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and École Nationale d’Administration. Mr. Béchon is a member of Quantum Genomics’ (ALQGC) Board of Directors and has been a Board member of private companies in the USA, Mexico and Europe. He has received numerous awards and medals, including the Knight of the French Legion of Honor and the French National Order of Merit.
“I am delighted to join Checkpoint and offer my perspective in this exciting time of expansion at the company,” said Mr. Béchon. “I appreciate the opportunity to bring my global business and finance experience and industry contacts to Checkpoint to help the company achieve its milestones.”
About Checkpoint Therapeutics
Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) is a clinical-stage, immuno-oncology biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of novel treatments for patients with solid tumor cancers. Checkpoint is evaluating its lead small-molecule, targeted anti-cancer agent, CK-101, in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the treatment of patients with EGFR mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In addition, Checkpoint is currently evaluating its lead antibody product candidate, CK-301, an anti-PD-L1 antibody licensed from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a Phase 1 clinical trial in checkpoint therapy-naïve patients with selected recurrent or metastatic cancers. Checkpoint plans to develop CK-301 as a treatment for patients with NSCLC and other solid tumors. Checkpoint is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.checkpointtx.com.
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