Providence Therapeutics Appoints Judyanna Yu as Chief Financial Officer
CALGARY, Alberta, November 2, 2022 - Providence Therapeutics Holdings Inc. ("Providence"), a biopharmaceutical company developing messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and therapeutics, announces the appointment of Judyanna Yu, CPA, CA as chief financial officer (CFO).
“Judyanna’s extensive experience in global finance and operations will be critical as we enter our next phase of growth,” said Brad Sorenson, chief executive officer of Providence Therapeutics. “With the recent positive top-line data from the Phase 2 trial of our mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and as we solidify plans to further develop and expand our pipeline of mRNA vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases, Judyanna will be instrumental in identifying strategic partners to further our mRNA platform growth.”
Ms. Yu previously served as VP of Corporate Finance, Operations and Development at Cerecin Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, where she originated and closed equity deals, supported development of medium to long-term corporate finance strategy, led business development initiatives and managed engagement with investors, investment bankers and analysts in the biotech sector across the globe. Prior to that, she held the position of CFO and COO at Re-Stem Biotech, where her accomplishments included leading and closing equity financings of over $50 million with strategic investors and leading the growth of the company from 30 to 130 employees within 3 years. Ms. Yu held CFO and VP of Finance roles at several other large private and public companies throughout her career. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, qualifying at KPMG, and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Ms. Yu commented, “I’m honored to join Providence’s forward-thinking leadership team in their mission to leverage their world-class mRNA platform toward the greatest possible clinical benefit for underserved people worldwide. I look forward to supporting the company’s development as they advance toward late-stage vaccine trials while balancing their original focus on oncology programs.”
About Providence Therapeutics
Providence is a Canadian clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering mRNA therapeutics and vaccines with operations in Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. Initially founded as a cancer vaccines company in 2015, in response to a worldwide need for a COVID-19 vaccine, Providence expanded its focus beyond oncology therapies to develop an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19. Providence works with multiple industry collaborators, universities, nongovernmental agencies and multiple arms of the Government of Canada to discover and develop vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases and cancer. This has resulted in the development of an mRNA vaccine platform that includes a proprietary design algorithm and proprietary, scalable manufacturing processes. For more information, please visit providencetherapeutics.com.
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