BEVERLY HILLS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 18, 2020 / GT Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB:GTBP) (GTBP.PA) an immuno-oncology company focused on innovative therapies based on the Company's proprietary NK cell engager (TriKE™) technology is pleased to announce Michael Handelman, CPA has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Handelman served as Chief Financial Officer of Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (IOVA), from February 2011 until June 2015 and was a member of the Iovance's Board of Directors from February 2013 until May 2013. Mr. Handelman became a Director of GoooGreen, Inc. in August 2020 and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Secretary in September 2020. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Clickstream Corporation since October 2015. Mr. Handelman served as the Chief Financial Officer and as a financial management consultant of Oxis International, Inc., a public company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of nutraceutical products, from August 2009 until October 2011. From November 2004 to July 2009, Mr. Handelman served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of TechnoConcepts, Inc., formerly a public company engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing wireless communications semiconductors, or microchips. Prior thereto, Mr. Handelman served from October 2002 to October 2004 as Chief Financial Officer of Interglobal Waste Management, Inc., a manufacturing company, and from July 1996 to July 1999 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Janex International, Inc., a children's toy manufacturer. Mr. Handelman was also the Chief Financial Officer from 1993 to 1996 of the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League franchise. Mr. Handelman is a certified public accountant, and holds a degree in accounting from the City University of New York.
Mr. Anthony Cataldo, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GT Biopharma commented "Michael was CFO when I first created what is now known as Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (IOVA). We are pleased to welcome Michael as our new CFO, and we look forward to working with Michael as we advance TriKE™ in clinical development for the treatment of cancer and other diseases."
About GTB-3550 Trispecific NK cell Engager (TriKE™)
GTB-3550 is the Company's first TriKE™ product candidate being initially developed for the treatment AML. GTB-3550 is a single-chain, tri-specific scFv recombinant fusion protein conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD16 and anti-CD33 antibodies and a modified form of IL-15. The natural killer (NK) cell-stimulating cytokine human IL-15 portion of the molecule provides a self-sustaining signal that activates NK cells and enhances their ability to kill. We intend to study GTB-3550 in CD33 positive leukemias such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and other CD33+ hematopoietic malignancies.
About GT Biopharma, Inc.
GT Biopharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology therapeutic products based our proprietary Tri-specific Killer Engager (TriKE™) platform. Our TriKE platform is designed to harness and enhance the cancer-killing abilities of a patient's immune system natural killer cells (NK cells). GT Biopharma has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Minnesota to further develop and commercialize cancer therapies using proprietary TriKE™ technologies.
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