NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE MKT:ATNM) ("Actinium" or "the Company"), a biopharmaceutical Company developing innovative targeted payload immunotherapeutics for the treatment of advanced cancers, announced today the appointment of Gregory Bergonio, M.S.H.S., to the position of Director of Clinical Operations. Mr. Bergonio's initial responsibility will be focusing on the advancement of the Actimab-A Phase 2 clinical trial as well as earlier stage clinical programs that the company plans to undertake. "We are very excited to welcome Greg to the clinical development team at Actinium," said Sandesh Seth, Actinium's Executive Chairman. "Greg's joining comes at an ideal time given our increased development efforts as a result of the Actimab-A Phase 2 trial and Iomab-B pivotal Phase 3 SIERRA trial. Greg's direct experience in AML and significant knowledge of clinical trial management will have an immediate impact on our capabilities that we expect will add efficiency and scale to our current and planned clinical development efforts." Most recently, Mr. Bergonio worked at Novartis as an expert clinical manager in their oncology global development unit with a focus on acute myeloid leukemia (AML). At Novartis, Greg managed a wide array of clinical development activities focused on driving effective operations at clinical trials sites on an international basis. In addition, he coordinated interdisciplinary efforts focused on inspection preparation activities associated with the new drug application (NDA) submissions at the site and sponsor level. Prior to Novartis, Greg worked at a number of large multi-national pharmaceutical companies and CROs including Bausch & Lomb, OSI, Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Kern McNeill International where he gained experience in the therapeutic areas of oncology, cardiology, CNS and ophthalmology. Greg has a Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Clinical Research Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.