– Stuart Duty appointed to EyePoint’s Board of Directors –
– George Elston promoted to Executive Vice President –
WATERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 16, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYPT), a company committed to developing and commercializing therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with retinal diseases, today announced the appointment of Stuart Duty to its Board of Directors and the promotion of George Elston to Executive Vice President.
“We are excited to welcome Mr. Duty to our Board of Directors,” said Jay S. Duker, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. “Stuart is a seasoned veteran in biotech finance and investment banking, and we plan to leverage his broad expertise working with biopharmaceutical companies during this critical period of EyePoint’s development. We look forward to benefitting from his strategic insight as we continue to advance our pipeline through key milestones over the coming quarters, including the topline Phase 2 DAVIO 2 data readout for EYP-1901 in wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) anticipated in December.”
Dr. Duker continued, “George Elston has been instrumental to EyePoint’s organizational growth, financial success, and strategic long-term vision since he joined the company four years ago. His promotion to Executive Vice President underscores the invaluable role that he has played in EyePoint’s successful track record of execution, utilizing his financial prowess to advance the company’s growing pipeline through development and to build a strong balance sheet. George also drove the acquisition of key assets for our pipeline including razuprotafib, the active drug in EYP-2301, our latest pipeline program. On behalf of the entire leadership team, we congratulate George and look forward to his continued contributions to EyePoint as we continue to build value for our shareholders during this exciting time in the company’s growth.”
Stuart Duty, Board of Directors
Stuart Duty is an experienced financial executive with over 30 years of experience in finance and investment banking. Mr. Duty has focused primarily on biotechnology and specialty pharmaceuticals clients for much of his career, advising senior executives and boards on a range of financing activities and strategic transactions. Mr. Duty was most recently a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities, LLC. Previously, he held senior roles at Piper Jaffray and Montgomery Securities, and held operating roles at Oracle Partners and Curative Technologies. Mr. Duty holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Occidental College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
“I am delighted to join EyePoint’s Board of Directors at such an exciting time for the Company, as EYP-1901 rapidly approaches multiple upcoming data readouts in wet AMD and non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy,” said Mr. Duty. “I am inspired by and share EyePoint’s commitment to improving clinical outcomes for patients facing a great unmet need for sustained-delivery options, and I look forward to working closely with my fellow Board members to support the Company’s strategic objectives as it continues to advance its innovative ophthalmic pipeline.”
George Elston, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
“I am honored to take on this role at EyePoint as we work to bring innovative ocular solutions to patients,” said Mr. Elston. “EyePoint has built a tremendous foundation and a track record of reliable execution, and I am eager to drive the company’s continued evolution as we deliver upon EyePoint’s goal of being the leader in innovating ocular sustained-delivery treatments.”
Mr. Elston joined EyePoint in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer & Head of Corporate Development. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial and biopharmaceutical experience, with particular expertise in financial, capital markets and corporate development initiatives. Prior to EyePoint, Mr. Elston served as Chief Financial Officer & Head of Corporate Development at Enzyvant Therapeutics, where he helped build the rare disease firm, leading to its eventual acquisition. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer at 2X Oncology, Inc., where he advanced the company from a spin-out into a multiprogram, clinical-stage organization, and held senior executive roles at Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; KBI Biopharma; and Optherion, Inc. Mr. Elston began his career in public accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He holds a B.B.A in Accounting from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Elston currently serves as a Board Member of the DWS – DBX ETF Trust.
Inducement Grant under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)
In addition, the Company has granted stock options to purchase up to 15,000 shares of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals common stock to one new employee as an inducement award outside the Company’s 2023 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The stock options were granted on October 13, 2023. The grant was approved by the Company’s Compensation Committee and made as an inducement material to the employee entering into employment with EyePoint Pharmaceuticals in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The option award has an exercise price of $8.10 per share, the closing price of EyePoint Pharmaceuticals’ common stock on October 13, 2023. The options have a ten-year term and vest over four years, with 25% of the original number of shares vesting on the first anniversary of the employee’s date of grant and the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments over the following three years. Vesting of the options is subject to the employee’s continued service with the Company through the applicable vesting dates.
About EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: EYPT) is a company committed to developing and commercializing therapeutics to help improve the lives of patients with retinal diseases. The Company's pipeline leverages its proprietary erodible Durasert E™ technology for sustained intraocular drug delivery including EYP-1901, an investigational sustained delivery intravitreal anti-VEGF treatment currently in Phase 2 clinical trials. The proven Durasert® drug delivery platform has been safely administered to thousands of patients' eyes across four U.S. FDA approved products. EyePoint Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.eyepointpharma.com.
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