Perseus Holdings USA Appoints Veteran Biotechnology Executive William C. Pearson to Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Perseus Holdings USA, an immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of next-generation, immune-mediated technologies for the treatment of cancer, today announced the appointment of William C. Pearson to its board of directors, effective immediately. Mr. Pearson brings more than 30 years of experience as both an executive and independent consultant in the biotechnology industry, with extensive expertise in commercial operations, including contract and reimbursement strategy and acquisitions and strategic alliances. Prior to his retirement in 2005, he served as a member of the Ortho Biotech management board, a Johnson & Johnson company.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Bill as a member of our board of directors," said Buddy Long, chief executive officer of Perseus Holdings USA. "Drawing on his extensive experience in corporate strategy, commercial operations and business development in the biotechnology industry, Bill's insights will be of tremendous value as we continue to advance our personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines through clinical research and into commercialization."
"I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to join the Perseus board as the Company enters into a new phase of growth," said Mr. Pearson. "Perseus has made groundbreaking advancements with its immunotherapy platform of therapeutic cancer vaccines that will transform the way we treat cancer. I look forward to working with the Perseus team to implement a robust development and commercialization plan to help bring these life-saving therapies to patients in need."
Mr. Pearson brings exceptional experience and a strong track record to Perseus having worked in executive leadership and commercial consulting roles at leading healthcare organizations, including Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Oncology, Bayer, Merck, Celgene, Kite, and Sanofi among others. Currently, Mr. Pearson is an independent consultant working with oncology companies to provide strategic guidance on critical issues such as pricing, contracting, reimbursement, policy, managed markets, sales, and marketing strategy.
Previously, Mr. Pearson served as member of the Ortho Biotech management board where he held dual responsibility as vice president of the Oncology Franchise and vice president of the Strategic Customer Group with primary responsibility for PROCRIT® (epoetin alfa). In this role, Mr. Pearson transformed Johnson & Johnson's business model by creating the Strategic Customer Group, the first comprehensive support group within the Company - and a model that would later be duplicated across several Johnson & Johnson organizations. As vice president of the Strategic Customer Group and vice president of the Oncology Franchise, Mr. Pearson oversaw more than 600 personnel and was responsible for over $2 billion in sales. He also led Johnson & Johnson Federal Affairs policy negotiations with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Mr. Pearson attended Wofford College and earned a B.S. degree in Economics. After graduating from college, he entered the United States Army and served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam where he was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and numerous Air Medals.
About Perseus Holdings, LLC
Perseus Holdings USA, LLC is an immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of next-generation, immune-mediated technologies for the treatment of cancer. Perseus holds executive licenses for the tumor lysate, particle-loaded, dendritic cell (TLPLDC) vaccine and the tumor lysate, particle only (TLPO) vaccine – both personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines designed to attack cancer cells by igniting innate and adaptive immune responses which increase a patient's own production of T cells to fight their specific cancer. Perseus and its subsidiaries are investigating the clinical potential of TLPLDC and TLPO in U.S. FDA clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.perseusholdingsusa.com
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