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Adagio Therapeutics Announces David Hering Appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer

Feb 23, 2022

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adagio Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: ADGI), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of antibody-based solutions for infectious diseases with pandemic potential, today announced that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed David Hering interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Hering, who will also remain the company’s chief operating officer, succeeds Tillman Gerngross, Ph.D., who has resigned as CEO and director of Adagio.

“We are highly confident in Dave’s leadership and the entire Adagio leadership team,” said René Russo, Pharm.D., co-founder and chairman of Adagio. “To support our long-term growth, we have initiated a formal CEO search and plan to appoint an executive with proven experience in bringing products to market and scaling operations.” 

“I am confident in the future of ADG20 and our pipeline of innovative antibody-based therapies and pleased to help lead Adagio into this next chapter as a company. We look forward to evaluating data from our EVADE and STAMP clinical trials to assess the optimal path forward for ADG20,” said Mr. Hering. “In addition, we are undertaking efforts to broaden our portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 mAbs in response to the continued emergence of new variants as well as additional coronaviruses. This is an important time for our company as we continue to grow our portfolio and mature toward a commercial-stage company.”

“On behalf of the entire Board, I’d like to thank Tillman for the strong foundation he built for Adagio,” said Dr. Russo. After co-founding the company, he recruited a world-class team and raised over $800 million of capital in both the private and public markets. Under his leadership, the company advanced ADG20 into global pivotal trials for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and secured the resources required to manufacture over one million doses of ADG20 – extraordinary accomplishments in just 20 months.

About Adagio Therapeutics

Adagio (Nasdaq: ADGI) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of antibody-based solutions for infectious diseases with pandemic potential, including COVID-19 and influenza. The company’s portfolio of antibodies has been optimized using Adimab’s industry-leading antibody engineering capabilities and is designed to provide patients and clinicians with the potential for a powerful combination of potency, breadth, durable protection (via half-life extension), manufacturability and affordability. Adagio’s portfolio of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies includes multiple non-competing, broadly neutralizing antibodies with distinct binding epitopes, led by ADG20. Adagio has secured manufacturing capacity for the production of ADG20 with third-party contract manufacturers to support clinical trials and initial launch quantities, ensuring the potential for broad accessibility to people around the world. ADG20 is an investigational monoclonal antibody that is not approved for use in any country. The safety and efficacy of ADG20 have not been established. For more information, please visit

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