Ajinomoto Althea Inc., a CMO providing development and manufacturing services for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, announced today the appointment of J. David Enloe Jr. as President and CEO. Mr. Enloe will be responsible for developing strategies to support the company's continued growth.
"We are delighted to welcome David as the new leader of Ajinomoto Althea's management team," said Dr. Hiroshi Shiragami, Co-Chair of Ajinomoto Althea Inc. "His unique depth of experience in the biotechnology industry, leadership abilities, financial management, manufacturing and contractual negotiation skills will be instrumental in supporting further expansion of our business." Mr. Enloe brings over 20 years of executive management experience most of that in biotechnology, drug development, and GMP manufacturing management. Most recently, he served as the Head of the Viral Therapeutics Business Unit at Lonza AG, which provides process development, scale-up and GMP manufacturing of viral-based biologics for clients in the US, Europe and Asia. David was the founder and CEO of Vivante GMP Solutions, Inc., which he subsequently sold to Lonza AG in 2010. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of Introgen Therapeutics, Inc., which later became the basis for Vivante.
"I can't think of a better fit for Ajinomoto Althea. David's leadership and experience combined with the Ajinomoto Althea team will enhance the company's position as the most trusted outsource manufacturer for those developing tomorrow's successful therapeutics," stated Dr. Magda Marquet, Co-Chair of Ajinomoto Althea Inc.
"I am thrilled to be joining Ajinomoto Althea Inc. at this exciting stage in its history. Althea has been an outstanding organization for many years now, and with the recent acquisition by Ajinomoto, the company is positioned to expand and grow into an even more significant player in the biologics production and fill/finish markets. The timing of this opportunity for me was perfect and I can't wait to get started," said Mr. Enloe.
Mr. Enloe joined the team effective December 16, 2013. Dr. Hiroshi Shiragami and Dr. Magda Marquet will continue to serve Ajinomoto Althea Inc. as Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors.