Oncobiologics announced several key corporate events that enhance the company’s ability to advance the development of its lead product candidate, ONS-5010, a proprietary ophthalmic bevacizumab product candidate for the treatment of wet age related macular degeneration (AMD). These events are in conjunction with the recent disclosure of new details of the ONS-5010 program and the initiation of the first human clinical study, which the company announced in November 2018.
The company has changed its name from Oncobiologics to Outlook Therapeutics effective immediately. The company will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and its common stock and Series A warrants will begin trading under the ticker symbols “OTLK” and “OTLKW,” respectively, beginning on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
No action is required by stockholders with respect to the name change. The company’s common stock has been assigned a new CUSIP number of 69012T 107 and its Series A warrants have been assigned a new CUSIP number of 69012T 115 in connection with the name change. Outstanding securities are not affected by the name change and will not need to be exchanged.
“We believe the timing of this corporate rebranding effectively signals the significance of the recent strategic shift in the business and the high value opportunity we are pursuing in the anti-VEGF ophthalmic market,” Lawrence A. Kenyon, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, said in a company news release. “The progress we have made throughout 2018 in advancing the ONS-5010 program has brought us to this exciting new stage in the company’s history. The path ahead is clear and we look forward to providing further updates as we execute upon our strategy.”
Two Additions to Executive Leadership Team
The company announced two additions to its executive leadership team with the appointments of Jeff Evanson as Chief Commercial Officer, and Terry Dagnon as Chief Operating Officer.
“Jeff and Terry are welcome additions to the team as they are both highly respected ophthalmic industry veterans and bring extensive drug development expertise to our leadership team,” Mr. Kenyon said in the news release. “Jeff has an exceptional commercial track record in the ophthalmic space and brings valuable experience and deep know-how in product launches and marketing. Terry is a highly skilled expert in the regulatory field and his extensive experience in strategic drug development will be valuable for moving ONS-5010 through advanced clinical development and into commercialization. In addition, they have been key advisors on the ONS-5010 program to date and we expect them to be integral to the success of the asset as we move forward.”
“Joining Outlook Therapeutics is a tremendous opportunity,” said Mr. Evanson, newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer. “I am enthusiastic about the commercial prospects for ONS-5010 and its potential to address a need for all patients suffering from wet AMD and other retinal diseases requiring anti-VEGF treatments. I look forward to working with Larry and the team at Outlook Therapeutics in leading the efforts to bring ONS-5010 to market and contributing to the company’s success.”
Mr. Evanson joins the company with more than 25 years of commercial expertise, most notably with Novartis (Alcon) where he was the Vice President and Global Commercial Head of the Pharmaceutical Franchise between 2010 and 2014 where he was responsible for all aspects of strategy, portfolio (both internal and external opportunities), global brands, launches and campaigns. Prior to Novartis, Mr. Evanson spent 10 years at Medtronic in a variety of pre-commercialization and post-commercialization roles. Most recently, Mr. Evanson led Scott Three Consulting, LLC as Founder and President since April of 2018 and previously was a Managing Director in the Life Science Practice of Navigant. He received his MBA from the University of Minnesota (2001) and a BA in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota (1991). He serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s HeartLink and was formerly a two-term Board Member of Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 2008 to 2014.
Mr. Dagnon has more than 20 years of regulatory experience with domestic and global investigational and marketing approvals in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is also experienced in quality and compliance and working with R&D, marketing, sales, legal, and manufacturing, quality and supply chain organizations. Most recently, Mr. Dagnon was Senior Vice President of Operations at Dohmen Life Science Services (DLSS), where he worked with companies to mitigate their compliance risk, ensure quality, and achieve FDA approval for pharmaceutical, biologics, and medical device products. Mr. Dagnon began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Physician Reliance Network Inc. (now known as U.S. Oncology). He continued his regulatory affairs career at Johnson & Johnson Medical Inc. with global regulatory responsibility for the Wound Care, Skin Care and Tissue Engineering franchises. He then served as the North America Head of Regulatory Affairs at Alcon prior to joining DLSS in March 2014. Prior to a career in the medical industry, Mr. Dagnon served 11 years on active duty with the United States Army and was a SFC/E-7 Special Forces Green Beret 18D Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. Mr. Dagnon serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Bioscience Association.