Maryville, MO (PRWEB) January 28, 2005
Ventria Bioscience, a privately held biopharmaceutical company that is leading the development of plant-made pharmaceuticals, announced today that Melvin D. Booth, former President of MedImmune, and Dean L. Hubbard, Ph.D., President of Northwest Missouri State University, have joined the companyÂs Board of Directors.
Mr. Booth has over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of MedImmune Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDI) for five years and currently serves on MedImmuneÂs Board of Directors. Prior to joining MedImmune, Mr. Booth was President and Chief Operating Officer of Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ: HGSI) and also served on the Board of Directors. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada.
ÂI am greatly impressed by VentriaÂs product pipeline and underlying technology, which will make a major contribution to human health on a global scale,Â said Mr. Booth. ÂVentria is leading the way in developing innovative technologies that enable the production of a broad number of human health products and I am excited to be a part of this innovative company. Â
Dr. Hubbard has been the President of Northwest Missouri State University since 1984 and has been a leading force in the creation of the Center of Excellence in Plant-made Pharmaceuticals. Under Dr. HubbardÂs leadership, Northwest has received national attention for its ÂCulture of QualityÂ to improve the quality of all aspects of the institutionÂs operations. Dr. Hubbard is internationally recognized for his work in the field of total quality management. Dr. Hubbard received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and holds additional degrees from Yonsei University and Andrews University.
ÂI am honored to join VentriaÂs board of directors,Â said Dr. Hubbard. ÂAs part of realizing our vision for the Center of Excellence in Plant-made Pharmaceuticals at Northwest Missouri State University, I look forward to the collaboration we have established with Ventria and MissouriÂs farmers. This collaboration will develop the necessary infrastructure to convert this technology from lab bench to product success for the benefit of the global community.Â
ÂWe are very pleased to have Mr. Booth and Dr. Hubbard join VentriaÂs Board of Directors,Â said Thomas N. Urban, Jr. Chairman of VentriaÂs Board of Directors. ÂTheir vision for creating the Center of Excellence in Plant-made Pharmaceuticals and their expertise will accelerate the commercialization of VentriaÂs product pipeline and establishes Ventria as the leader in plant-made pharmaceuticals,Â he said.
Ventria Bioscience is commercializing products that enhance human health and save lives. One of VentriaÂs products is an improved oral rehydration solution. Oral rehydration solutions are administered to children with acute diarrhea, a condition that claims the lives of 1.3 million children under the age of five on an annual basis.
For more information, see our website at Ventria Bioscience http://www.ventria.com.
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