Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. Appoints Richard N. Spivey, Pharm.D., Ph.D. to Board of Directors

April 20, 2017
Dr. Spivey to Chair the Nomination and Governance Committee and Serve on the Audit Committee

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADVM), a leading gene therapy company advancing novel medicines to address unmet needs in serious rare and ocular diseases, today announced the appointment of Richard N. Spivey, Pharm.D., Ph.D. to its board of directors. Dr. Spivey will be the chairman of the nomination and governance committee and a member of the audit committee.

“Rich is an executive with over 30 years of experience and has an impressive track record in drug development and regulatory approvals,” said Paul Cleveland, executive chairman of the board of Adverum.  “He brings extensive experience and strong relationships with regulatory agencies, which will be valuable as we plan and execute our development, regulatory, and commercial planning strategies. His appointment marks another step forward in the evolution of Adverum, and I am excited to have him join the board.”

Dr. Spivey has significant experience in research and development at leading global pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Spivey currently serves as a scientific advisor to the pharmaceutical industry. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Spivey served as senior vice president of global regulatory affairs at Allergan, plc. During his tenure, he was responsible for pharmaceuticals, including the approvals of Botox and Ozurdex, and medical devices. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Spivey worked with Meda AB after the acquisition of MedPointe Pharmaceuticals, serving as chief scientific officer and head of research and development for both. Earlier in his career, Dr. Spivey worked for Pharmacia Corporation (now Pfizer, Inc.), Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck & Co.),  Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert (now Pfizer, Inc.), and Boots Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. Dr. Spivey earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Pharm.D. from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Spivey also serves as a member of the board of directors of Inotek Pharmaceuticals, where he is chairman of the nominating and governance committee since 2015.

About Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.

Adverum is a gene therapy company advancing novel medicines that can offer life-changing benefits to patients living with serious rare and ocular diseases. Adverum has a robust pipeline that includes product candidates designed to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) and rare diseases alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency and hereditary angioedema (HAE).  Leveraging a next-generation adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based directed evolution platform, the Company generates product candidates designed to provide durable efficacy by inducing sustained expression of a therapeutic protein. Adverum has collaboration agreements with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to research, develop, and commercialize gene therapy products for ophthalmic diseases and Editas Medicine to explore the delivery of genome editing medicines for the treatment of inherited retinal diseases. Adverum’s core capabilities include clinical development and in-house manufacturing expertise, specifically in process development and assay development. For more information please visit

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Contacts for Adverum:

Leone Patterson
Chief Financial Officer
Adverum Biotechnologies, Inc.
lpatterson@adverum.comJill Steier
Senior Vice President
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