CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — F-star Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing next generation immunotherapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer, announced today that James Sandy has been appointed as Chief Development Officer, effective today. Mr. Sandy will lead the clinical development and advancement of F-star’s pipeline.
“We are delighted to welcome James to F-star,” said Eliot Forster, CEO of F-star Therapeutics, Inc. “James brings an unparalleled depth of experience in drug development in oncology and a strong track record of enhancing and accelerating clinical operational capabilities. I look forward to working with James as a member of the executive leadership team, as we advance our clinical pipeline and prepare for multiple data readouts this year.”
James brings over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries across all phases of drug development. Before joining F-star Therapeutics James served as Chief Development Officer at Ellipses Pharma, Immunocore, and Creabilis Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, James held senior positions with Pfizer, including Head of Development Operations and Project Management, Europe and Asia. James holds a MPhil in Statistics and Operational Research from Imperial College London.
“F-star’s unique platform has delivered its tetravalent bispecific antibodies into the clinic across multiple tumor types and I am thrilled to join at such a transformative time in clinical data delivery,” said Mr. Sandy. “I look forward to leading the clinical development of a technology that has enormous potential to transform the lives of patients with cancer.”
In connection with Mr. Sandy’s appointment, the company is reporting an inducement option grant under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The Compensation Committee of the F-star Board of Directors has approved a non-qualified stock option award to purchase an aggregate of 50,000 shares of F-star common stock and 25,000 restricted stock units to Mr. Sandy. The option and RSUs were granted outside of the Company’s 2019 Equity Incentive Plan as an inducement material to Mr. Sandy’s acceptance of employment with the Company. The stock option will have an exercise price equal to the fair market value of F-star’s common stock on his start date (March 1, 2022). The stock option vests over four years, with 25% of the award vesting on the first anniversary of his employment, and as to an additional 1/36th of the shares monthly thereafter. The RSUs vest over four years with 25% of the award vesting on the first anniversary of his employment and thereafter in equal quarterly installments over a period of three years. The vesting of both the option and the RSU is subject to Mr. Sandy’s continued service through the applicable vesting dates (subject to the terms and conditions of the stock option agreement covering the grant).
About F-star Therapeutics, Inc.
F-star Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing next generation immunotherapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer. F-star is pioneering the use of tetravalent (2+2) bispecific antibodies to create a paradigm shift in cancer therapy. The Company has four second-generation immuno-oncology therapeutics in the clinic, each directed against some of the most promising IO targets in drug development, including LAG-3 and CD137. F-star’s proprietary antibody discovery platform is protected by an extensive intellectual property estate. F-star has over 500 granted patents and pending patent applications relating to its platform technology and product pipeline. The Company has attracted multiple partnerships with biopharma, targeting significant unmet needs across several disease areas including oncology, immunology, and CNS.
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