Xenetic Biosciences Appoints Jeffrey F. Eisenberg as CEO


Jeffrey F. Eisenberg

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: XBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, research and development of next-generation biologic drugs and novel orphan oncology therapeutics, announced today that it has appointed Jeffrey F. Eisenberg as Chief Executive Officer. M. Scott Maguire will continue to serve Xenetic during the management transition.

“On behalf of everyone at Xenetic, we would like to thank Scott for his years of commitment and dedication to the Company. Mr. Maguire joined a company with a collection of patents and transformed the Company into a clinical-stage business, listing the company on NASDAQ last year. His efforts were critical in securing an exclusive license deal with, and a series of equity investments from, Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) (formerly Baxalta, Baxter Incorporated and Baxter Healthcare) to develop a novel series of polysialylated blood coagulation factors employing Xenetic's proprietary PolyXen™ technology platform,” commented Adam Logal, Chairman of the Board of Xenetic. “We believe that Jeff’s appointment today as Chief Executive Officer is an important step in the continued evolution of Xenetic. His industry experience and professional track record are perfectly aligned with the Company’s strategic priorities, and I believe he will do a tremendous job leading the Xenetic team and driving the Company to its next phase of growth.”

Mr. Eisenberg joined the Xenetic management team in December 2016 as Chief Operating Officer and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since July 2016. He is a seasoned life science executive with over 20 years of broad operational expertise. Over the course of his career, Mr. Eisenberg has led all crucial areas of R&D, operations, manufacturing/quality, business development, strategic partnering, product development, commercialization, and talent management. Prior to joining Xenetic, his most recent position was Chief Executive Officer of Noven Pharmaceuticals, where during his tenure as CEO revenues more than doubled, the company’s cash increased by more than 300%, and two new products were launched following the successful filings of New Drug Applications (NDAs) submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Eisenberg also was responsible for leading Noven’s Novogyne joint venture with Novartis (NYSE: NVS), an entity that generated over $300 million in revenue in its last full year of operation.

Mr. Eisenberg commented, “I am very pleased to be appointed to lead Xenetic at this pivotal point in the Company’s history, and I am prepared for this exciting challenge. We have a strong team in place, and together we will focus on continuing to fundamentally transform Xenetic on multiple fronts. We look forward to advancing our ongoing Phase 2 study of our flagship product, XBIO-101 as candidate for the treatment of progestin resistant endometrial cancer and announcing interim data from the study in 2018. Beyond XBIO-101, we believe there is an opportunity to build a growing pipeline of partnerships utilizing our proven PolyXen™ platform technology.”

About Xenetic Biosciences

Xenetic Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, research and development of next-generation biologic drugs and novel orphan oncology therapeutics. Xenetic's lead investigational product candidate is oncology therapeutic XBIO-101 (sodium cridanimod) for the treatment of progesterone resistant endometrial cancer. Xenetic's proprietary drug development platforms include PolyXen, which enables next-generation biologic drugs by improving their half-life and other pharmacological properties.

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