Shawn M. Cross appointed CEO of GT Biopharma
GT Biopharma focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products as well as central nervous system treatments asserted the appointment of Shawn M. Cross as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from February 15th, 2018. Shawn M. Cross is known for his expertise in various fields
Prior to this ,Mr. Cross has held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of GTBP since November 16, 2017. The plan to add The Chairman of the Board and CEO positions to Mr. Cross’ duties as President/COO was initiated by the Company’s board of directors to prepare the company for its next phase of growth. Mr. Cross will lead GTBP through NASDAQ capital markets listing process, attract institutional investment and analyst coverage to the company.
GT Biopharma Executive Chairman Anthony J. Cataldo said, “It is now time to move GT Biopharma to an institutional quality biotech company. I created GTBP using the same model I used when creating, what is now known as, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (IOVA); an approximately $1.5 billion market cap company. The leadership provided by Shawn Cross, Dr. Kathleen Clarence-Smith and Dr. Ray Urbanski, our Chief Medical Officer will be invaluable to moving these assets towards clinical and commercial success. I am excited for our shareholders and look forward to helping the board and management progress GT Biopharma to becoming a significant biotech company.”
Mr. Cross is an internationally recognized healthcare investment banker specializing in the biopharmaceutical sector with over 20 years of experience and has completed dozens of capital markets and strategic transactions for growth-oriented biopharmaceutical companies. He joined GTBP as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Previously he was Managing Director, Head of Biotechnology Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Managing Director and Head of Biopharmaceutical Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.