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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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