Oragenics, Inc. Announces New Chair
TAMPA, FL. (December 19, 2022) – Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE American: OGEN) (“Oragenics” or the “Company”), a biotech company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases including COVID-19, today announced that on December 16, 2022 the Board of Directors appointed Charles Pope as its Chairman of the Board of Directors succeeding Dr. Frederick W. Telling, who has served as a director since June 2010 and as Chairman since February 2011. Dr. Telling will remain on the Board as an independent director and as a member of both the audit and nominating and corporate governance committees.
Dr. Telling stated: “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of Oragenics for over a decade and I look forward to assisting with the Company’s transition of the Chairman role to Charlie and continuing to serve on the Board as an independent director.”
Mr. Pope stated: “We were very fortunate to have had an experienced and talented leader of Fred’s caliber in the Chairman role for so long. We are greatly appreciative of Fred’s longstanding service as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the last 11 years.” Mr. Pope continued, “As Board Chairman, I look forward to working with our Board members, including Fred, and the management team to realize the Company’s plans for the future. We hope to achieve continued progress in advancing the development of our product candidates.”
About Oragenics, Inc.
Oragenics, Inc. is a development-stage company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases, including those caused by coronaviruses and multidrug-resistant organisms. Its lead product is NT-CoV2-1, an intranasal vaccine candidate to prevent COVID-19 and variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NT-CoV2-1 program leverages coronavirus spike protein research licensed from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) with a focus on reducing viral transmission and offering a more patient-friendly intranasal administration. Its lantibiotics program features a novel class of antibiotics against bacteria that have developed resistance to commercial antibiotics. For more information about Oragenics, please visit www.oragenics.com.
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Kimberly Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
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