TGen Names Biotech Executive

TGen Names Biotech Executive Love as COO

January 29, 2003

Phoenix, Wednesday, Jan. 29 Richard Love, a bioscience executive with extensive experience in biotechnology and drug development, is joining the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) as its chief operating officer. As COO, Love will direct the integration of TGen research with its clinical, academic and corporate partners.

Love led the start-up of ILEX Oncology Inc., a Texas-based company focused on the development and commercialion of anticancer pharmaceuticals. As ILEX president and chief executive officer from 1994 to 2001, Love raised more than $450 million in equity offerings and helped established ILEX as a leading oncology-focused pharmaceutical company.

As TGen ramps up to become a leading research institute, we see our mission as making significant medical advances based upon our rapidly increasing understanding of the human genome, and, at the same time, forging a new direction for the economy of Arizona, Love said.

Loves expertise and experience in scientific management will assure his ability to lead TGen in areas crucial to cutting-edge bioindustry, said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, president and scientific director.

Dick Love is an important player in the new world of bioscience and immediately will move TGen into the front ranks of that industry. He will forge the key collaborations with the academic, clinical and corporate sectors that the institute needs to fulfill our mission. We at TGen believe Arizonas biomedical and biotechnology sector will be a major link to individuals and companies in health care around the country and around the world, Trent said.

During the past year, Love served as interim Executive Director of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative, a city-funded non-profit organization that fosters the formation and growth of high tech and biotech industries.

Love was the chief operating officer of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio from 1991 to 1994. At CTRC, Love led the construction of its state-of-the-art research lab and helped organize its clinical research unit for Phase I and II clinical trials of anticancer drugs.

Love said he will draw on his experience bridging research and enterprise to ensure TGens scientific advances reach patients and their families quickly.

I look forward to working with creative minds throughout Arizona and building TGen as a model of collaboration and innovation, Love said.

The arrival of the chief operating officer marks another key step in TGens progress becoming an international center for genomics research, Trent said.

TGen exists in Arizona today because of its terrific pool of talent and the foresight of its civic, academic and business leaders. After a national search, TGen now has exactly the right executive to create a top-notch organization that will encourage world-class research, Trent said.

The position at TGen culminates 22 years of leadership positions in biotechnology and 13 years of managerial experience in the petrochemical industry for Love. He started his career at Shell Oil Co., working in manufacturing and economics. As manager of biological business development at Shell, he established the direction for the companys interests in biotechnology.

In 1983, Love became President, CEO and Director of Triton Biosciences Inc., a biotech subsidiary of Shell based in Alameda, California. During eight years at Triton, Love led the company in productive research and development as well as successful marketing. The companys achievements during this time included:

  • Development of Fludara I.V., which became an important treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia;
  • Phrase III trials for Betaseron (recombinant human interferon beta) for treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis. Betaseron was the first drug of its class to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration for patients with MS.

Love also acts as an advisor to the University of Texas at San Antonio Business School and the Office of Technology Ventures, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

He has served on the board of directors of ILEX since 1994. He also serves as a director of Parexel International, a public contract research company and Signase, Inc., a private discovery firm.

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