Providence Therapeutics Appoints Robert Georgantas, Ph.D. as President and Chief Technology Officer
CALGARY, Alberta, February 1, 2023 - Providence Therapeutics Holdings Inc. ("Providence"), a biopharmaceutical company developing messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and therapeutics, today announced the appointment of Robert Georgantas III, Ph.D., as President and chief technology officer (CTO).
“Robert’s experience in drug discovery, clinical development, and management at the executive level across several biotech and large pharmaceutical companies will be invaluable as we continue advancing our pipeline of mRNA vaccines,” said Brad Sorenson, MBA, chief executive officer of Providence Therapeutics. “With the expansion of our pipeline of mRNA vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases and our COVID-19 vaccine candidate moving forward into Phase 3 trials this year, Robert’s insights will be crucial from a strategic and technical advancement perspective.”
Dr. Georgantas brings over 16 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He most recently served as chief scientific officer of Biodesix, a biopharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for building and implementing the scientific strategy across the company, as well as product development activities and commercialization of the company’s pipeline products. He additionally contributed to clinical development and medical affairs activities, participating in the design and statistical analysis of multiple clinical studies. Prior to his work at Biodesix, Dr. Georgantas held the position of Director of Immunology for the Genomics Resource Center (GRC) of Excellence at AbbVie Inc., where he sat on multiple leadership teams focused on the company’s immunology programs, informing and implementing drug and disease strategies, asset development, clinical studies and drug discovery. While there, he also directed the development of new computational algorithms to address specific research and business needs to the GRC, as well as the clinical organization. Previously, Dr. Georgantas held research and faculty positions in the Department of Translational Sciences, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacogenetics, and Biomarkers Group at MedImmune, Inc./Astra Zeneca and John Hopkins University, respectively. Dr. Georgantas received his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his master’s degree in Cellular Biology at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Dr. Georgantas commented, “I’m very excited to be joining this experienced team as they develop a broad pipeline of promising mRNA vaccine candidates. As the company continues to advance its assets into clinical trials, I look forward to contributing my expertise in clinical development, as well as helping to optimize Providence’s mRNA platform technology for the development of potential vaccines for cancers and infectious diseases with profound unmet needs.”
About Providence Therapeutics
Providence is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering mRNA therapeutics and vaccines with focus on infectious diseases and oncology. 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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