SOMATIX APPOINTS BERNS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF R&D
SOMATIX APPOINTS BERNS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF R&D ALAMEDA, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Somatix Therapy Corp.
(NASDAQ: SOMA) today announced the appointment of Antonius Berns, Ph.D., to a new position as the company's executive vice president of research and development. Berns, 47, currently heads the Division of Molecular Genetics at The Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam and occupies a chair in the Experimental Molecular Genetics of Inherited Diseases at the University of Amsterdam. His research has focused on the generation of animal model systems to study inherited and acquired diseases, such as cancer. The company has agreed to allow Berns to continue certain of his existing research activities at The Netherlands Cancer Institute.
Berns stated, "In my judgement, Somatix has recruited an excellent group of scientists, and I am looking forward to working with them in this exciting and promising area of biomedical research." According to David Carter, chief executive officer, "Anton Berns is an internationally recognized scientist for whom I have the utmost respect. He is enormously talented and brings to the company impeccable scientific credentials. Anton is a scientific leader in the area of tumorigenesis and is considered an outstanding molecular oncologist by the scientific community. I fully expect him to further enhance the quality of the research now underway at Somatix." Somatix Therapy Corp. is a leader in the field of gene therapy. The company is focused on the genetic modification of selected human cells to enable the production and delivery of therapeutic substances within the patient's body. Somatix believes that gene therapy, which requires gene transfer technology, will provide a safe and effective means of delivering many therapeutic substances. Somatix has gene therapy programs in cancer, neural diseases and blood disorders. -0- 8/17/92 /CONTACT: Julie Wood of Somatix Therapy, 510-748-3082/ (SOMA) CO: Somatix Therapy Corp. ST: California IN: MTC SU: PER
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|Date:||Aug 17, 1992|
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