Oxford-based biotech Vaccitech expands senior management team

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Vaccitech Dr Meg Marshall

Vaccitech Ltd, the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing T cell vaccines and immunotherapies to treat and prevent infectious disease and cancer, has appointed three new senior leaders across its clinical, financial and manufacturing operations during a period of significant growth for the company.

Margaret (Meg) Marshall, MD becomes Vaccitech’s full-time Chief Medical Officer, having worked as a consultant for the company since June 2020. Dr. Marshall has over 25 years of experience in the preclinical and clinical development of cell and antibody-based immunotherapy for infectious disease and cancer. Prior to joining Vaccitech, she held directorship positions in the clinical research departments of Kyowa Kirin, Kite Pharma and Pfizer. Dr Marshall will lead the clinical development planning and execution of the company’s programs.

Dr Marshall said: “It has been a great experience working for Bill and the team, and I’m thrilled to officially be on board to lead the clinical development of our exciting immunotherapy and vaccine programs. Our T cell-inducing platform has great potential to be transformative, and to deliver patient benefits in chronic infectious diseases such as HBV and HPV as well as in oncology indications such as prostate cancer and non-small cell lung cancer.”

Georgy Egorov joins Vaccitech as Chief Financial Officer. He brings more than 20 years of senior finance, strategy, investment banking and capital markets experience and joins Vaccitech from Exscientia, a global leader in AI drug discovery, where he was CFO and Board member. Mr. Egorov also worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and UBS, where he was involved in numerous M&A transactions and equity and debt financings.

Georgy said: “Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been an incredible year for investing in life sciences, with unprecedented amounts of capital raised. I look forward to ensuring Vaccitech stays on a firm financial footing as we expand our operations and seek to develop our T cell immunotherapy and vaccine product candidates from the clinic through to market, if approved.”

In addition, Simon Alvis, Ph.D., joins Vaccitech as Vice President Manufacturing. Since 1999, Dr Alvis has cultivated a broad expertise across process, analytical and formulation development of viral and recombinant protein biological drug products. He has great experience and strategic vision for the regulatory and manufacturing requirements necessary to move biologic product candidates forward towards commercialization. He joins Vaccitech after leading viral manufacturing programs at PsiOxus Therapeutics.

He said: “We are planning for success and scale up at Vaccitech, and I am delighted to bring my manufacturing expertise to the company as we expand our clinical pipeline. I believe we can really make a difference to patients’ lives by treating and preventing infectious diseases and cancer.”

Bill Enright, CEO of Vaccitech, said, “I am delighted to welcome aboard Meg, Georgy and Simon; their wealth of experiences driving product candidate development, financial management and manufacturing will be key to helping Vaccitech move its important immunotherapies forward.”