COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celsion Corporation (Nasdaq: CLSN), a biotechnology drug development company that is leveraging its heat sensitive liposomal technology platform to encapsulate and deliver high concentrations of proven chemotherapeutics, announces the appointment of Alberto R. Martinez, MD, to its Board of Directors, effective December 6, 2010.
Dr. Martinez brings an extensive track record of accomplishments in biopharmaceutical development and commercialization. His career has spanned the product development landscape from clinical operations to successful commercial launch. Dr. Martinez previously served as the President and CEO of Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc., as well as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations of CSL Behring, Senior Vice President at Aventis Behring, and as General Manager with Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation.
Michael H. Tardugno, Celsion's President and CEO commented, "We are fortunate to have someone of Alberto's talent join our Board of Directors. His insights into emerging markets and executive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry will be enormous assets as Celsion plans both its future strategy and the immediate regulatory and commercial pathway for our lead drug, ThermoDox®, for the treatment of primary liver cancer."
"I am excited to be joining the Board at this juncture in Celsion's history, and I look forward to the opportunity to working with Celsion's Board and executive management team," noted Dr. Martinez. "It's my belief that the Company has an outstanding technology platform and clinical promise, from which a strong and growing oncology drug development company can be built."
Celsion is a leading oncology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative cancer drugs including tumor-targeting treatments using focused heat energy in combination with heat-activated drug delivery systems. Celsion has research, license, or commercialization agreements with leading institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Duke University Medical Center, University of Hong Kong, Mayo Clinic, the University of Pisa, and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.
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