Tailwinds’ Take: the licensing and partnering strategy at biOasis appeared to be on hold for a while as their new CEO settled into his role. This hire would seem to kick start this program. It remains to be seen what the Company intends to do in terms of licensing, but we now know that they will be seeking partners and we should expect some positive announcements about this in the future.
VANCOUVER, BC, BIOASIS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (OTCQB:BIOAF; TSX.V:BTI) welcomes Doug Williams, MBA, as executive vice president, chief business officer, effective immediately. Williams will report to Dr. Mark Day, president and chief executive officer of biOasis. In this newly created position, Williams will provide leadership and execute on the corporate development strategy that will maximize benefits for strategic partners and shareholders. Williams will be responsible for leading corporate and business development, as well as the alliance management efforts at biOasis.
“We are delighted to welcome Doug Williams to our senior management team at biOasis. I know he will bring value as a business development leader and well-respected and strategic alliance professional,” said Dr. Day. “Doug will play a critical role in advancing our partnering strategy and create value through the prosecution of licensing opportunities for our proprietary blood-brain barrier drug delivery platform.”
Williams has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and has successfully led cross-functional, global alliances teams across multiple organizations. His alliance and partnering experience includes a broad set of partners including large, multinational pharmaceutical companies, as well as start-up biotechnology companies, which included global alliances with Shionogi, Exicure, AbbVie, Mylan and Takeda, among others.
Williams has been recognized as an industry leader who has presented, participated as a panelist, and moderated multiple industry partnering programs at industry events.
“Doug has a broad set of experiences having worked in leadership roles at healthcare technology startups, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. His diverse experience base will help propel our global partnering efforts,” said Rob Hutchison, founder and chairman of the board of directors. “Doug will be a great addition to the biOasis leadership team.”
Williams most recently came from Purdue Pharma L.P where he worked on strategic alliances and business development projects related to clinical and pre-clinical programs. Prior to Purdue, Williams built his own successful consulting business working with start-up healthcare technology companies.
Doug’s experience includes commercial sales, sales management, alliance management and business development. He has also held various positions of increasing responsibility at Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Elan, Sepracor and Kadmon over his 20 year career.
“I am eager to work with Mark on shaping the business strategy for biOasis as we continue to advance our proprietary blood-brain barrier technology platform,” said Williams. “I want to thank Rob and Mark for this opportunity. I look forward to sharing the biOasis story with new potential collaborators and leading the licensing and partnering efforts on behalf of the company and our shareholders.”
biOasis Technologies Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on overcoming the limitations of therapeutic drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The delivery of therapeutics across the BBB represents the single greatest challenge in treating neurological disorders. The company is developing and commercializing a proprietary brain delivery technology to address unmet medical needs in the treatment of central nervous system diseases and disorders. The company maintains headquarters in Vancouver, Canada with offices in Connecticut, United States. biOasis trades on the OTCQB under the symbol “BIOAF” and on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BTI.” For more information about the company please visit www.bioasis.ca.
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Dr. Mark Day, President and Chief Executive Officer