Stellar Biotechnologies Appoints Andrew Saxon, M. D., Chairman – Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
Vancouver – May 12, 2010, Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (TSX-V: KLH) has appointeda world-renowned expert in human cellular and molecular immunology, Andrew Saxon, M.D., Chairman – SAB. Dr. Saxon is Professor & Chief Emeritus, Clinical Immunology/Allergy in the Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Stellar’s CEO, Frank Oakes, said, “It is Stellar’s great fortune to have a physician and research scientist like Dr. Saxon heading up and developing an active Scientific Advisory Board. He is one of the key figures leading the drive to develop a commercial primary human immune response diagnostic based on our important product, KLH -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyhole_limpet_hemocyanin. He has also identified leading candidates in protein engineering, therapeutic vaccine and molecular diagnostic development and novel therapeutics to fill out the SAB.”
Dr. Saxon received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Diagnostic/Laboratory Immunology, and has published over 180 peer reviewed research papers primarily dealing with the control and assessment of the human immune response. Dr. Saxon and colleagues at UCLA were the first to recognize AIDS in 1980, brought this new disease to the attention of the CDC in 1981, and published the first research describing this disease in the New England Journal of Medicine that same year. Dr. Saxon and his collaborators have made seminal discoveries on the mechanisms that control human antibody responses and particularly allergic antibodies (IgE), as well as pioneered research into the role of environmental factors in the modulation of the human immune response. As part of his work, Dr. Saxon has had extensive experience with KLH in its various molecular forms. Dr. Saxon is also the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Immunology, the official journal of the Clinical Immunology Society.
Dr. Saxon said, “I’m really pleased to be able contribute to the growth of this truly exciting and dynamic company. Stellar Biotechnologies is sitting at the nexus of a new era of therapies and diagnostics driven by what I believe will be ever growing use of its key product, KLH, a potent, yet safe, molecule that can be used to both drive the immune system as well as assess the immune systems functional status. Because of the unique properties of KLH, an expanding number of researchers and scientists in academia, biotech and Pharma are finding novel and amazing uses for it. I believe an active SAB can enhance growth as well as help direct the board and executives to new markets and expanded use of this rare, naturally-sourced molecule and important medical reagent.”
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Stellar Biotechnologies Appoints Herbert S. Chow, Ph.D., VP – Product Development
Vancouver – May 18, 2010, Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (TSX-V: KLH) has appointed Herbert S. Chow, Ph.D., VP: Product Development.
Stellar’s CEO, Frank Oakes, said, “Stellar is very pleased to bring aboard a scientist with Dr. Chow’s strong, commercial market accomplishments in bringing diagnostic products from conception to high value sales, expanding revenues and profitability for the companies with which he has been involved. He has extensive experience with small companies as well as two of the most important names in ‘Big Pharma’, Abbott Labs and Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Chow will take a leadership role on the Stellar team, developing our primary immune response diagnostics product, and working closely with Daniel Morse, Ph.D. and Andrew Saxon, M.D. to expand our ideas of what growing role KLH will have in the future of medicine.”
Dr. Chow has held key business management and product development positions in new biologic devices, clinical diagnostic and consumer diagnostic markets. He has considerable operational expertise in developing and commercializing innovative technologies, and building successful strategic partnership in the fields of medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Previously, he held key senior management positions with start-up biotechnology companies, as well as international pharmaceutical companies Abbott Labs and Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Chow earned his BS in Microbiology and Immunochemistry at Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Immunopathology at the University of Illinois. In more than 25 years in the life sciences, Dr. Chow has been granted nine patents in chemical processing, microfluidic devices, liquid sensing devices and medical devices for point-of-care diagnosis.
Dr. Chow said, “I am excited by the opportunity to take the lead in coordinating and executing Stellar’s commercialization plan. While we will initially focus on developing Stellar’s sustainable, high quality KLH in multiple vaccine markets, we will aggressively pursue KLH diagnostics for immune competence and companion diagnostics for biomarkers, which have the potential to dramatically impact the commercialization of drug candidates by yielding safer drugs with enhanced therapeutic efficacy and better economic efficiencies. I see this as an opportunity to build alliances between Stellar and pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to broaden the company’s product base and strengthen its IP (Intellectual Property) portfolio to support rapid revenue growth”
Darrell Brookstein, Executive VP, Business Development & Finance
About Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc (TSX-V: KLH): Stellar’s product, KLH, is a potent immuno-stimulatory protein with an exceptional record of safety and non-toxicity in humans that is being used in medicines known as conjugate therapeutic vaccines and in other biomedical products. Already a world leader in the production of KLH, Stellar plans to further monetize its KLH production platform and maximize the commercial impact of its intellectual property portfolio through the physical sourcing, purification and supply of medical-grade KLH. KLH is exclusively sourced from the blood of the rare keyhole limpet and Stellar has technology for the maintenance of that animal, as well as a non-lethal extraction method of the critical molecule and refinement process for KLH that it currently sells into growing academic, research, pharmaceutical markets.
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