Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NAVB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, today announced that Perry A. Karsen has been appointed to the Navidea Board of Directors. Mr. Karsen has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including key roles at Celgene Corporation. His appointment increases the number of directors on Navidea’s Board to seven.
“We are delighted that Perry has agreed to join the Board,” said Gordon Troup, Chairman of the Navidea Board of Directors. “Perry brings a wealth of business development, finance, commercialization and general management experience to Navidea, having held senior positions at some of the leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His deep knowledge will be a valuable asset as we continue to pursue our corporate goals.”
“I am truly excited to join the impressive board and leadership team that Navidea has assembled to bring new, and important precision diagnostics to patients that will improve diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making and patient care,” said Mr. Karsen. “I believe Navidea is at an important inflection point in its growth, and I look forward to the opportunity to help Navidea deliver on its potential.”
Mr. Karsen is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Celgene Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. Previously, Mr. Karsen was Senior Vice President and Head of Worldwide Business Development at Celgene, and was also responsible for emerging businesses as President, Asia/Pacific Region. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Pearl Therapeutics and he held executive roles at Human Genome Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech and Abbott Laboratories. In addition, Mr. Karsen was a General Partner at Pequot Ventures. Mr. Karsen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO); a member of the Board of Directors of BayBio; and a member of the Board of Directors for the Life Sciences Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Agios Pharmaceuticals and Alliqua, Inc. Mr. Karsen has a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Masters in Teaching of Biology from Duke University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois, Urbana.