Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Y-mAbs”) (Nasdaq: YMAB) a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, antibody-based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer, today announced the appointment of the molecular nuclear medicine executive, Dr. Gérard Ber, PhD to its board of directors, and the planned departure of Dr. Michael Buschle, PhD. The departure of Dr. Buschle and the appointment of Dr. Ber is effective December 11, 2018. Dr. Ber will replace Dr. Buschle on the Company’s Compensation Committee and the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
“Michael Buschle was a valuable member of our board of directors. We wish him good luck with his future endeavors. Gérard’s breadth of expertise in research and development and commercialization of radiopharmaceuticals, paired with his exceptional leadership skills, brings great value to Y-mAbs as we work to execute on our vision to bring our portfolio of radiolabeled antibodies to children in need of new treatments,” said Thomas Gad, Founder, Chairman, President and Head of Business Development and Strategy of Y-mAbs.
Dr. Ber most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Accelerator Applications SA, which he co-founded in 2002. Dr. Ber brings over 30 years of experience in molecular nuclear medicines, including development, production and commercialization of diagnostics and therapeutic products for several indications in oncology, cardiology, neurology and infectious/inflammatory diseases.
“Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM) is a noninvasive and painless way of diagnosing and managing the treatment of cancers, and I am excited to team up with Y-mAbs to share my experience in the field,” said Dr. Ber. “Y-mAbs is well positioned to expand their pipeline of liquid radiopharmaceuticals and bring their compounds though the clinic towards potential commercialization.”
Dr. Buschle has served as a member of Y-mAbs’ board of directors since late 2017, when he joined the board in connection with the Company’s $80 million private placement.
“On behalf of Y-mAbs’ board, shareholders and employees, I would like to applaud and recognize Michael’s many contributions over this past year as a truly dedicated board member. His expertise and broad industry knowledge helped guide the Company through our successful IPO in September. We greatly appreciate his work, support, and dedication to Y-mAbs,” said Claus Møller, Chief Executive Officer.
About Gérard Ber, PhD
Gérard Ber has more than 30 years of experience in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM). In 2002, Dr. Ber co-founded Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A., and was its Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2018, when it was sold to Novartis AG. Dr. Ber grew Advanced Accelerator Applications from a start-up to a global leader in MNM and was member of its board of directors from 2002 to 2015, when Advanced Accelerator Applications listed on The Nasdaq Global Select Market. He received his PhD degree in Pharmacy from the Scientific and Medical University of Grenoble.