Appointment of Professor Gerard Evan further supports Affimer immuno-oncology therapeutics programme
Professor Gerard Evan
Avacta Group plc (AIM: AVCT), the developer of Affimer biotherapeutics and research reagents, today announced it has appointed Professor Gerard Evan, FRS, to its therapeutics Scientific Advisory Board. Professor Evan brings world-leading expertise in immuno-oncology and cancer stem cell research to support the Group’s development of oncology biotherapeutics based on its proprietary Affimer technology.
Professor Evan’s research focuses on the molecular basis of cancer. He was formerly Gerson and Barbara Bass Baker Distinguished Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of California San Francisco and Co-leader of the Cell Cycling and Signalling Program at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2009 he was elected to the Sir William Dunn Chair of Biochemistry and Head of Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge.
Professor Evan has a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Molecular Immunology from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Pfizer prize in Biology in 1995, and in 1996 was elected as the Royal Society’s Napier Professor of Cancer Research. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organisation. Professor Evan has also held the Neal Levitan Research Chair of the Brain Tumour Society and a Senior Scholarship from the Ellison Medical Research Foundation for Ageing.
Alastair Smith, Avacta Group Chief Executive, commented: