HOUSTON, June 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aravive, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARAV, the “Company”), a late clinical-stage oncology company developing targeted therapeutics to treat metastatic disease, today announced the appointment of Rudy Howard as Chief Financial Officer, effective today. Vinay Shah has stepped down as CFO for personal reasons but will remain with the Company as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Howard to our leadership team during this pivotal time for the Company,” said Gail McIntyre, Ph.D., DABT, Chief Executive Officer of Aravive. “His financial experience and expertise will be an asset as we continue to grow the organization. On behalf of the Aravive team, I’d like to thank Mr. Shah for his leadership, devotion to Aravive, and many meaningful contributions to the Company over the years. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”
Prior to joining Aravive, Mr. Howard served as the Chief Financial Officer of vTv Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market (Nasdaq: VTVT). Prior to joining vTv Therapeutics Inc., he served as the Chief Financial Officer of SciQuest, Inc., an international spend-management software company. From November 2008 until joining SciQuest, Mr. Howard served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MDS Pharma Services, a pharmaceutical services company. From 2003 until joining MDS Pharma Services, he operated his own financial consulting company, Rudy C. Howard, CPA Consulting, in Wilmington, North Carolina, where his services included advising on merger and acquisition transactions, equity and debt issuances and other general management matters. Mr. Howard additionally served as Chief Financial Officer for PPD, Inc., and was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Howard holds a B.A. in Accounting from North Carolina State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
“I am excited to join Aravive at this important stage in the Company’s growth,” said Mr. Howard. “Aravive has a broad pipeline of novel, targeted therapeutics being developed to improve the health and extend the lives of people living with cancer. I look forward to executing on our strategic and financial objectives as we advance our pipeline, scale the business, and create value for patients and shareholders.”
Aravive, Inc. is a late clinical-stage oncology company developing targeted therapeutics to treat metastatic disease. Our lead product candidate, batiraxcept (formerly AVB-500), is an ultra-high affinity decoy protein that binds to GAS6, the sole ligand that activates AXL, inhibiting metastasis, tumor growth, and restoring sensitivity to anti-cancer agents. Batiraxcept has been granted Fast Track Designation by the U.S. FDA and Orphan Drug Designation by European Commission in PROC. Batiraxcept is in an active registrational Phase 3 trial in platinum resistant ovarian cancer (NCT04729608), a Phase 1b/2 trial in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (NCT04300140), and a Phase 1b/2 trial in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (NCT04983407). The Company is based in Houston, Texas and received a Product Development Award from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in 2016. Additional information at www.aravive.com.
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Marek Ciszewski, J.D.
Vice President, Investor Relations