VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Zymeworks Inc. (NYSE/TSX: ZYME), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing multifunctional biotherapeutics, announced that Lota Zoth has been appointed as its Chair of the Board of Directors. Ms. Zoth succeeds Nick Bedford, who has retired from his functions as Chair and Board member. Mr. Bedford served as Board Chair since September 2004.
“Lota has provided valuable insights and a wealth of experience as a member of Zymeworks’ Board since 2016 and we are pleased to welcome her as our new Chair as we further advance our lead clinical assets towards commercialization,” said Ali Tehrani, Ph.D., Zymeworks’ President & CEO. “On behalf of the Board and the executive team, I thank Nick for his contributions to Zymeworks. He has been instrumental to our success over the past fifteen years, particularly through the Company’s IPO in 2017.”
Ms. Zoth served as Chief Financial Officer of MedImmune prior to the acquisition by AstraZeneca in 2007, and currently serves on the boards of several biopharmaceutical companies, including Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NewLink Genetics Corporation, and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Zoth also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Aeras, a biopharmaceutical product development partner funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Zymeworks has also made a strategic decision to voluntarily delist its common shares from the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in Canada, which is currently anticipated to occur on or around October 1, 2019. Zymeworks’ shares will continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “ZYME” and Canadian shareholders can continue to trade their shares on the NYSE.
With active daily trading on the NYSE having accounted for the vast majority of Zymeworks’ liquidity, the Company conducted a thorough evaluation of its dual listing, considering such factors as overall liquidity, the needs of its shareholders, costs, regulatory compliance and complexity, and future capital raising opportunities. In summary, the Company believes that the financial and administrative costs associated with maintaining a dual listing are no longer justified.
About Zymeworks Inc.
Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of next-generation multifunctional biotherapeutics. Zymeworks’ suite of therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine enable precise engineering of highly differentiated product candidates. Zymeworks’ lead clinical candidate, ZW25, is a novel Azymetric™ bispecific antibody currently in Phase 2 clinical development. Zymeworks’ second clinical candidate, ZW49, is a bispecific antibody-drug conjugate currently in Phase 1 clinical development and combines the unique design and antibody framework of ZW25 with Zymeworks’ proprietary ZymeLink™ cytotoxic payload. Zymeworks is also advancing a deep preclinical pipeline in immuno-oncology and other therapeutic areas. In addition, its therapeutic platforms are being leveraged through strategic partnerships with nine biopharmaceutical companies.
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