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In Memoriam: Dr. Andreas Muhs CSO, Scientific Leader and Friend has Passed Away
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2018 - AC Immune SA (NASDAQ: ACIU), announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Andreas Muhs, passed away following a period of illness.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Andreas Muhs. Everyone at AC Immune will miss him more than words can express and our thoughts go to Andreas' family and to those closest to him," said Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, CEO of AC Immune. "With his great scientific insight, experience and commitment, Andreas has been an outstanding leader and with his genuine interest in people, he became a mentor and friend to many of us at AC Immune."
AC Immune's research team will continue to be led on an interim basis by Dr. David Lowe, who has been serving in this role since Dr. Muhs' leave of absence announced by AC Immune in October 2018. Dr. Lowe has served as AC Immune's Deputy Chief Scientific Officer and more recently as Innovation Fellow since January 2014. AC Immune's board of directors is meeting shortly regarding succession and will inform in due course.
About AC Immune
AC Immune is a clinical-stage Swiss-based biopharmaceutical company, listed on NASDAQ, which aims to become a global leader in precision medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. The Company designs, discovers and develops therapeutic as well as diagnostic products intended to prevent and modify diseases caused by misfolding proteins. AC Immune's two proprietary technology platforms create antibodies, small molecules and vaccines designed to address a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative indications, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). The Company's pipeline features nine therapeutic and three diagnostic product candidates - with five product candidates currently in clinical trials. The most advanced of these is crenezumab, a humanized anti-amyloid-ß monoclonal IgG4 antibody that targets monomeric and aggregated forms of amyloid-ß, with highest affinity for neurotoxic oligomers. Crenezumab is currently in two Phase 3 clinical studies for AD, under a global program conducted by the collaboration partner Roche/Genentech. Other collaborations include Biogen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Life Molecular Imaging (formerly Piramal Imaging) and Essex Bio-Technology.
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