Arcturus Therapeutics Appoints Andrew Sassine as Interim Chief Financial Officer

8/28/2018, 1:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ: ARCT), a leading RNA medicines company, today announced that it has appointed Andrew Sassine as Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2018. Mr. Sassine has served on Arcturus’ Board of Directors since May 2018 and will continue to serve on Arcturus’ Board of Directors. The Company has initiated a search for a permanent CFO.

“In a short period of time since joining our Board in May, Andy has made significant contributions toward the financial stewardship of Arcturus – I am very pleased to have him join our leadership team in this interim, but important role,” said Joseph Payne, President & CEO of Arcturus Therapeutics. “Andy’s extensive experience providing guidance and strategic counsel to life sciences management teams and boards, coupled with his successful track record as a highly regarded fund manager and analyst, will serve us well as we seek to efficiently advance our portfolio of RNA therapeutics, while prudently managing our financial resources. I look forward to working with Andy as we continue the search for the ideal permanent CFO.” 

“I am delighted to work with Joseph Payne and the Arcturus team during this critical transitional period,” said Mr. Sassine. “I strongly believe in Arcturus’ lipid-mediated drug delivery technology potential, and am eager to help set the Company on a course to achieve long-term success, to the benefit of patients and shareholders alike.”  

In addition to serving on the Arcturus board, Mr. Sassine serves on the boards of iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICAD), a provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for the early detection and treatment of cancer, and Gemphire Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GEMP), a clinical-stage biopharma company focused on therapies for the treatment of dyslipidemia. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of privately-held ComHear Inc., a digital audio software and device company. Mr. Sassine previously served on the board of Acorn Energy, Inc., CNS Response, Inc. and FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sassine served in various positions at Fidelity Investments from 1999 to 2012, most recently as portfolio manager. Mr. Sassine received a B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1987 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

About Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd.
Founded in 2013 and based in San Diego, California, Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ: ARCT) is an RNA medicines company with enabling technologies – UNA Oligomer chemistry and LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery. Arcturus’ diverse pipeline of RNA therapeutics includes programs pursuing rare diseases, Hepatitis B, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cystic fibrosis, and vaccines. Arcturus’ versatile RNA therapeutics platforms can be applied toward multiple types of RNA medicines including small interfering RNA, messenger RNA, replicon RNA, antisense RNA, microRNA and gene editing therapeutics. Arcturus owns LUNAR lipid-mediated delivery and Unlocked Nucleomonomer Agent (UNA) technology including UNA Oligomers, which are covered by its extensive patent portfolio (140 patents and patent applications, issued in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and other countries). Arcturus’ proprietary UNA technology can be used to target individual genes in the human genome, as well as viral genes, and other species for therapeutic purposes. Arcturus’ commitment to the development of novel RNA therapeutics has led to partnerships with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Synthetic Genomics Inc., CureVac AG and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. For more information, visit, the content of which is not incorporated herein by reference. 

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Neda Safarzadeh
Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd.
(858) 900-2682

Arcturus Investor Contacts
Michael Wood
LifeSci Advisors LLC
(646) 597-6979

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