Non-executive director to bring extensive life science industry and finance experience
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) today announced that W. Mark Watson was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective August 4, 2022.
Mr. Watson will become Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee, effective October 1. Robert A. Yedid, a member of the Board and the Audit Committee, was appointed Interim Chairperson of the Audit Committee, to serve until Mr. Watson becomes Chair.
“We are very excited to welcome Mark to the Board, whose skills and experience will help us advance our strategy to develop potentially transformative oral pill vaccines,” said Andrei Floroiu, Vaxart’s Chief Executive Officer. “Mark’s background, combining a highly regarded career in professional services, deep financial and strategic acumen and board experience with life sciences companies, will provide the Company with a valuable perspective as we focus on achieving our corporate goals.”
The Company also announced that after years of service and dedication, Karen Wilson stepped down from the Board of Directors, effective August 4, 2022. “We would like to express our appreciation to Karen for her significant contributions to Vaxart during her service on the Board of Directors and committees,” said Vaxart Board Chairman Todd C. Davis.
About W. Mark Watson
Mr. Watson is a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in public accounting and auditing, having spent his entire career from January 1973 to June 2013 at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its predecessor, most recently as Central Florida Marketplace Leader.
He has served as lead audit partner and lead client service partner on public companies ranging from middle market firms to Fortune 500 enterprises.
Mr. Watson also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Inhibitor Therapeutics, Inc. He previously served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Sykes Enterprises, Inc. and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
A member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mr. Watson is qualified to serve on the Board due to his expertise in public accounting and his experience with life science and pharmaceutical companies.
He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Marquette University.
Vaxart is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a range of oral recombinant vaccines based on its proprietary delivery platform. Vaxart vaccines are designed to be administered using tablets that can be stored and shipped without refrigeration and eliminate the risk of needle-stick injury. Vaxart believes that its proprietary tablet vaccine delivery platform is suitable to deliver recombinant vaccines, positioning the company to develop oral versions of currently marketed vaccines and to design recombinant vaccines for new indications. Vaxart’s development programs currently include tablet vaccines designed to protect against coronavirus, norovirus, seasonal influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as a therapeutic vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), Vaxart’s first immune-oncology indication. Vaxart has filed broad domestic and international patent applications covering its proprietary technology and creations for oral vaccination using adenovirus and TLR3 agonists.
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