Heat Biologics Appoints Timothy Creech as Chief Financial Officer

DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heat Biologics, Inc. ("Heat") (Nasdaq:HTBX), an immuno-oncology company developing novel therapies that activate a patient's immune system against cancer, announced the appointment of Timothy Creech as Heat's new Chief Financial Officer.

"With over 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology management, Tim is well-versed in the financial and reporting challenges facing high-growth biotechnology companies. He also brings expertise in strategic partnerships and the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products," said Jeff Wolf, Heat's Chief Executive Officer. "Tim will be a valuable addition to our leadership team and we look forward to his contributions as we focus on advancing our clinical programs."    

Most recently, Mr. Creech served as Acting CFO of Salix Pharmaceutical, Inc., a publicly-held specialty pharmaceutical company acquired by Valeant for $11 billion in April 2015. Prior to his appointment as Acting CFO for Salix, Mr. Creech held several financial leadership positions at the company over the last seven years including Senior Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services. Before joining Salix in 2007, Mr. Creech served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Voyager Pharmaceutical Corporation, a privately held biotechnology company. Mr. Creech also previously spent seven years at Trimeris, Inc., a publicly-listed biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of novel therapeutic agents, serving in the role of Vice President of Finance, and Principal Accounting Officer and Secretary.                

Mr. Creech is a certified public accountant (CPA). He received a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. in business administration and accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

About Heat Biologics, Inc.

Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBX) is an immuno-oncology company developing novel therapies that activate a patient's immune system against cancer. Heat's highly specific T cell-stimulating platform technologies, ImPACT and ComPACT, form the basis of its product candidates. These platforms, in combination with other therapies, such as checkpoint inhibitors, are designed to address three distinct but synergistic mechanisms of action: robust activation of CD8+ "killer" T cells (one of the human immune system's most potent weapons against cancer); T cell co-stimulation to further enhance patients' immune response; and reversal of tumor-induced immune suppression. Currently, Heat is conducting a Phase 2 trial with its HS-410 (vesigenurtacel-L) in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and a Phase 1b trial with its HS-110 (viagenpumatucel-L) in combination with an anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 

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Forward Looking Statements

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