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EpiThany Names David Poston as COO

EpiThany reported the appointment of David Poston as Chief Operating Officer.

According to a media release, Poston brings over 30 years of experience in finance and operations in the life science, engineering and technology industries.

Poston joins EpiThany from the Allen Institute, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and previously as Chief Operating Officer. Poston joined the Allen Institute in 2011 and helped plan, lead and support teams executing over $500 million of Institute expansion initiatives including the Institute's 10-year plan for the Allen Institute for Brain Science unit, the Institute's multiple-year plans for the Allen Institute for Cell Science and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, and the construction of the Institute's 270,000 square foot headquarters building.

"David's sterling credentials and deep industry experience across multiple strategic financial and operational functions will be invaluable to EpiThany as we focus on advancing our pioneering cancer vaccine technology further in the clinic and establishing key partnerships," said Bill Watt, Ph.D., Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of EpiThany. "We are thrilled to have David join us as we work to become the first company to develop Th1-selective, multi-antigen vaccines for patients with solid tumors."

Prior to the Allen Institute, Poston served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer for AmpliPhi Biosciences Corp. (formerly Targeted Genetics Corp.). Poston has previously held a series of finance and leadership positions at Corixa Corp. (now GSK), Honeywell Marine Systems (now Raytheon), Todd Shipyards Corp. (now Vigor Industrial), and Olin/Rocket Research Company (now Aerojet Rocketdyne).

"EpiThany is at an exciting stage in its development as it works to advance the promising science developed at the Tumor Vaccine Group, and I am very pleased to join this high caliber team," said Poston.

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    Papyrus Joins Forces with Designer Lela Rose

    Papyrus is looking to bring the “elegance and style” of fashion to its greeting cards via a new designer collaboration series.

    According to a release, the collaboration marks the first time a fashion design house and greeting card brand have joined forces to develop a custom greeting card collection.

    Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.

    "The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."

    The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at

    "I'm thrilled to be the first designer to collaborate with Papyrus on their exclusive new fashion series," said Lela Rose. "This is a unique way to showcase our designs, silhouettes and prints, and extend the brand into a new category."



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