Abivax announces a change in its governance

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Abivax announces a change in its governance
16.08.2022 / 21:10 CET/EST
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PARIS, France, August 16, 2022 – 9:00 p.m. (CEST) – Abivax SA (Euronext Paris: FR0012333284 – ABVX), a Phase 3 biotechnology company developing novel immune-modulating therapies to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, viral infections and cancer, today announces a transition in the governance of its Board of Directors Directors.

Dr. Philippe Pouletty, MD, founder of Abivax and Chairman of the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 2013, notified the Board of his intention to focus and allocate more time to other projects, including including companies listed on the stock exchange, and therefore to no longer assume the responsibilities of Chairman. Accordingly, Dr. Pouletty further notified the Board of his decision to resign as Chairman, effective immediately. Dr. Pouletty will however continue, after many years of successful leadership on the Board, to support the development of Abivax as a member of the Board.

Dr Pouletty said: “I am proud that Abivax is today one of the few European biotechnology companies to have a drug candidate, obefazimod (ABX464), entering phase 3 that addresses major medical needs in chronic inflammatory diseases. . Translating the radical innovation of great academic science into products that benefit patients has always been my goal. I am confident that Abivax will continue successfully under the new management.

Until a new permanent independent chairman is appointed, Ms. Corinna zur Bonsen-Thomas, currently an independent member of the board of directors, assumes the role of interim chairman of Abivax.

Ms. zur Bonsen-Thomas has over 30 years of leadership experience and has held various VP positions in the global pharmaceutical and medical device industry as well as digital health startups. She is co-founder and CEO of RetInSight, a digital health company, and has over 15 years of experience as a member of the supervisory board. Ms. zur Bonsen-Thomas has been a member of the Abivax Board of Directors since 2017.

“We respect Dr. Pouletty’s decision and thank him for his many contributions to the company over the past few years. Together with management, the board now looks forward to the change in governance under the new management. » said Ms. zur Bonsen-Thomas, President of Abivax.


About Abivax (www.abivax.com)

Abivax, a clinical-stage Phase 3 biotechnology company, develops novel therapies that modulate the body’s natural immune machinery to treat patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, viral infections and cancer. Abivax is listed on Euronext compartment B (ISIN: FR0012333284 – Ticker: ABVX). Based in Paris and Montpellier, Abivax has two drug candidates in clinical development, to treat severe inflammatory diseases, and ABX196 to treat hepatocellular carcinoma. More information about the company is available at www.abivax.com. Follow us on Twitter @ABIVAX_.



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