CollPlant Announces Appointment of Jonathan M.N. Rigby as Chairman of the Board
Ness Ziona, Israel, February 4, 2019 -- CollPlant (Nasdaq: CLGN), a regenerative medicine company, today announced that Jonathan M.N. Rigby has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Rigby brings to CollPlant over 28 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device and drug delivery industries.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan as Chairman of our Board at this pivotal time for CollPlant. His extensive industry experience, achievements and proven leadership skills will be invaluable as CollPlant continues to achieve its goals and realize its platform technology’s potential. Jonathan’s deep appreciation for the critical elements required to execute on our strategy, as well as his proven track record in financing and commercializing technologies will be a great asset,” said Yehiel Tal, CEO. “We thank David Tsur for his contributions to CollPlant during his tenure as our Chairman.”
Based in the U.S. Mr. Rigby has a successful track record of growing and capitalizing specialty pharmaceutical companies. In 2006, Mr. Rigby co-founded Zogenix Inc, (Nasdaq: ZGNX) and was instrumental in its growth and subsequent Initial Public Offering (IPO). Since August 2011, Mr. Rigby has served as the President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of SteadyMed Ltd, a U.S. and Israel based specialty pharmaceutical company. Mr. Rigby led SteadyMed through its IPO in 2015 and subsequent sale to United Therapeutics (Nasdaq: UTHR) in August 2018. He continues to serve as the President & CEO of SteadyMed, a United Therapeutics Corporation. Since March 2016, Mr. Rigby has served on the Board of Directors of Xeris Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: XERS) and has been instrumental in the growth of the company and its subsequent IPO in mid 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and a Masters of Business Administration from Portsmouth University, United Kingdom.
“I am delighted to be joining CollPlant in this important role and I plan to be active in helping the Company progress, grow and realize its potential value,” said Mr. Rigby. “I am extremely impressed by CollPlants’ recombinant human collagen technology, approved products, development stage programs, partnerships and exceptional management team.”
Mr. Rigby succeeds Mr. Tsur, who served as Chairman of the Board since the beginning of 2018, during which time CollPlant made significant business progress, including entering into its first strategic licensing agreement with United Therapeutics, whereby United Therapeutics is using CollPlant’s BioInks in the manufacture of 3D bioprinted lungs for transplant in humans.
CollPlant is a regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, medical aesthetics, and on developing and commercializing tissue repair products for orthobiologics, and advanced wound care markets. Our products are based on our rhCollagen (recombinant human collagen) that is produced with CollPlant’s proprietary plant based genetic engineering technology.
Our products address indications for the diverse fields of organ and tissue repair, and are ushering in a new era in regenerative medicine. Our flagship rhCollagen BioInk product line is ideal for 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs. We recently entered into a licensing agreement with United Therapeutics, whereby United Therapeutics is using CollPlant’s BioInks in the manufacture of 3D bioprinted lungs for transplant in humans. CollPlant’s unique Vergenix line of rhCollagen products includes a soft tissue repair matrix for treating tendinopathy and a wound repair matrix to promote a rapid optimal healing of acute and chronic wounds.
For more information about CollPlant, visit http://www.collplant.com
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