ObsEva Appoints Katja Buhrer as Chief Strategy Officer

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR of the SIX Swiss Exchange

GENEVA, Feb. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ObsEva SA (NASDAQ: OBSV; SIX: OBSN), a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing novel therapies for women’s health, today announced the appointment of Katja Buhrer as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the company’s Executive Committee, effective February 1, 2022. Ms. Buhrer will oversee a range of operational areas including corporate strategy, investor relations and public relations, and will contribute in other areas such as business development and alliance management.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katja to ObsEva at this important time in the company’s growth,” said Brian O’Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of ObsEva. “Katja is an accomplished corporate development executive whose track record managing strategic transactions, partnerships, and investor relations programs strengthens our leadership team as we prepare to transition to a commercial-stage company. We further look forward to her leadership as we explore new indications, partnerships, and other strategic opportunities that enhance ObsEva’s value.”

Ms. Buhrer’s background spans expertise in corporate strategy, investor relations advisory, financial journalism, and capital markets. She was previously Vice President Corporate Development, Investor Relations, and Chief of Staff at Kindred Biosciences, a veterinary biopharmaceutical company. Ms. Buhrer led various business initiatives at KindredBio, including business development and the M&A process that resulted in KindredBio’s acquisition by Elanco Animal Health in August 2021. Thereafter, she became Chief Operating Officer of KindredBio, a subsidiary of Elanco, during the integration of KindredBio into Elanco. Prior to joining KindredBio, Ms. Buhrer was Managing Director at the investor relations consultancy MBS Value Partners. Her experience is further informed by roles in financial journalism and banking, including as an Editor, Reporter, and Columnist at The Australian Financial Review and in Capital Markets and Trading at Citigroup. Ms. Buhrer earned her Bachelor Commerce/Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia.  

Ms. Buhrer commented, “I am delighted to join ObsEva and collaborate with the executive team to address large, underserved indications that compromise women’s reproductive health. ObsEva’s regulatory, clinical, and strategic advances in the past year, coupled with upcoming catalysts as the company pursues multiple approvals in 2022, make this a compelling opportunity. I look forward to working towards real change in women’s health while enhancing value for our shareholders.”

About ObsEva
ObsEva is a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing novel therapies to improve women’s reproductive health and pregnancy. Through strategic in-licensing and disciplined drug development, ObsEva has established a late-stage clinical pipeline with development programs focused on new therapies for the treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and preterm labor. ObsEva is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and is traded under the ticker symbol “OBSV” and on the SIX Swiss Exchange where it is traded under the ticker symbol “OBSN”. For more information, please visit www.ObsEva.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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For further information, please contact:
CEO Office contact
Shauna Dillon
+41 22 552 1550

Investor Contact
Katja Buhrer
+1 (917) 969-3438

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