Celldex Therapeutics Appoints Margo Heath-Chiozzi, M.D., as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

HAMPTON, N.J., Oct. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX) today announced that Margo Heath-Chiozzi, M.D., has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. She was previously Vice President, Global Submissions and Regulatory Policy at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where she provided executive global regulatory strategy leading to nine product approvals. Dr. Heath-Chiozzi brings over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles in regulatory sciences, pharmacogenetics and product development within the pharmaceutical industry and as a practicing physician and clinical researcher.

“Dr. Heath-Chiozzi’s strong track record of drug approvals and her exceptional understanding of the regulatory environment position her well to lead our global regulatory strategy,” said Anthony Marucci, Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics. “She is sincerely passionate about drug development and making a difference in the lives of patients, and we look forward to working with her as we execute across our deep pipeline of drug candidates.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Celldex team to develop commercial strategies across its deep pipeline, especially as topline results from the METRIC study of glembatumumab vedotin in patients with triple-negative breast cancer are anticipated within the coming months,” said Dr. Heath-Chiozzi. “It’s an exciting time for the organization, and I’m thrilled to be a member of the team.”

Dr. Heath-Chiozzi joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2003, and prior to her most recent role, she served as Vice President, Global Regulatory Strategy, contributing to several business units including oncology, immunology, virology and genetically defined diseases. While at Bristol-Myers Squibb, she supported the global launches of several successful therapies in the areas of oncology, inflammation and infectious disease, including Yervoy®, Erbitux®, Orencia®, Sprycel®, Daklinza®, Sunvepra, Baraclude®, Atripla® and Reyataz®. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Heath-Chiozzi served in roles of increasing responsibility at Abbott Laboratories, including Medical Director, Pharmacogenetics; Senior Director, Global Marketed Product Development and Outcomes Research; and Global Project Head, Abbott/Millennium Obesity/Diabetes Alliance. Before joining Abbott, she was appointed to the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, where she served as Assistant Professor, and was concurrently Director of the HIV Research Clinical at the Queen’s Medical Center as well as Director of the Women’s Immunology Clinical at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, in Honolulu. Dr. Heath-Chiozzi received her B.S. and M.D. from the University of Utah. She received further medical training in internal medicine at Duke University and completed fellowships in infectious disease at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Yervoy®, Orencia®, Sprycel®, Daklinza®, Baraclude®, Atripla® and Reyataz® are registered trademarks of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Erbitux® is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly & Co.

About Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.
Celldex is developing targeted therapeutics to address devastating diseases for which available treatments are inadequate. Our pipeline includes antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates and other protein-based therapeutics derived from a broad set of complementary technologies which have the ability to engage the human immune system and/or directly inhibit tumors to treat specific types of cancer or other diseases. Visit www.celldex.com.

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