BERWYN, Pa. –
Virpax® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Virpax” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VRPX), a company specializing in developing non-addictive products for pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, central nervous system (CNS) disorders and viral barrier indications, today announced that effective June 20, 2023, the Board of Directors of Virpax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appointed Vinay Shah to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Shah will also serve as the Company’s principal financial officer and principal accounting officer.
On June 18, 2023, Christopher Chipman notified the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company of his decision to resign from his position as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Chipman will remain an employee of the Company until June 30, 2023 in order to aid in an orderly transition. Mr. Chipman’s resignation was not the result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies, or practices, including any matters concerning the Company’s controls or any financial or accounting-related matters or disclosures.
“We are pleased to welcome Vinay to Virpax Pharmaceuticals. He is a seasoned executive and has extensive financial experience in the biopharmaceutical sector which we believe will be a great asset to the team,” stated Anthony P. Mack, Chairman and CEO of Virpax.
Mr. Shah joins Virpax from Aravive, Inc., a clinical stage biotech company, where he served for five years as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Aravive, he was with Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for nine years in financial positions of increasing responsibilities. Mr. Shah has over 30 years of financial experience, successfully establishing financial functions, participating in licensing and M&A transactions, and engaging in fund raising activities. He received his BA degree form Ranchi University in India and his MBA from Arizona State University in finance.
About Virpax Pharmaceuticals
Virpax is developing branded, non-addictive pain management products candidates using its proprietary technologies to optimize and target drug delivery. Virpax is initially seeking FDA approval for two prescription drug candidates that employ two different patented drug delivery platforms. Probudur™ is a single injection liposomal bupivacaine formulation being developed to manage post-operative pain and Envelta™ is an intranasal molecular envelope enkephalin formulation being developed to manage acute and chronic pain, including pain associated with cancer. Virpax is also using its intranasal Molecular Envelope Technology (MET)) to develop two other product candidates. PES200 is a product candidate being developed to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and NobrXiol™ is a product candidate being developed for the nasal delivery of a pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) for the management of rare pediatric epilepsy. Virpax recently acquired global rights to NobrXiol. Virpax is also seeking approval of two nonprescription product candidates: AnQlar, which is being developed to inhibit viral replication caused by influenza or SARS-CoV-2, and Epoladerm™, which is a topical diclofenac spray film formulation being developed to manage pain associated with osteoarthritis. For more information, please visit virpaxpharma.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended, including those relating to the Company’s planned clinical trials, product development, clinical and regulatory timelines, market opportunity, competitive position, possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, potential growth opportunities and other statements that are predictive in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management’s current beliefs and assumptions.
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