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Soligenix Announces Appointment of Timothy R. Coté, M.D. to its Board of Directors

Strengthens regulatory and orphan drug development expertise

PRINCETON, N.J., May 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today the appointment of Timothy R. Coté, M.D., M.P.H. to its Board of Directors. 

Dr. Coté is a leading national regulatory expert in orphan drug development. With 23 years of Federal service at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Coté served as the Director of the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) from September 2007 to May 2011. In this role, he implemented the U.S. Orphan Drug Act and personally signed decisions on more than 1,400 orphan drug designation applications. After leaving FDA, Dr. Coté founded Cote Orphan (with a consultancy of 450 clients), where he served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until its sale in 2017 to IQVIA for $20 million. He is currently CEO of Only Orphans Cote LLC, a regulatory affairs consulting firm leveraging his expertise and commitment to delivering drugs for rare diseases. He also serves as the CEO of Silk Road Therapeutics, a privately held rare disease company from which Soligenix recently acquired an exclusive option to purchase a novel topical formulation of Pentoxifylline (PTX), a non-biological anti-TNF-alpha inhibitor, for the treatment of mucocutaneous ulcers in patient's suffering from Behçet's Disease. 

Dr. Coté received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a medical doctorate from the Howard University College of Medicine and a master's degree in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. An anatomic pathologist and medical epidemiologist, he has published 80 peer-reviewed articles on areas as diverse as HIV/AIDS-related malignancies, typhoid fever epidemics, and the impact of bicycle helmet laws on injury statistics.

"I am eager to be joining the Soligenix Board of Directors at such an important time for the Company," stated Dr. Coté. "Having spent over 20 years at the FDA, NIH, and CDC, I am confident that my experience will assist Soligenix in navigating the path forward for HyBryte™ and their other rare disease programs. I look forward to collaborating with the Board and management team to further this diverse pipeline." 

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Coté to the Soligenix Board," stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and CEO of Soligenix. "As Soligenix works with the FDA to advance its rare disease pipeline, including HyBryte™ (synthetic hypericin sodium) for the treatment of early stage cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), a rare cancer, where it successfully demonstrated statistically significant results in a Phase 3 clinical trial, we aim to leverage Dr. Coté's extensive regulatory and orphan drug development expertise. We believe his knowledge will add significantly to our already experienced Board of Directors and management team."

About Soligenix, Inc.

Soligenix is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need. Our Specialized BioTherapeutics business segment is developing and moving toward potential commercialization of HyBryte™ (SGX301 or synthetic hypericin sodium) as a novel photodynamic therapy utilizing safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). With a successful Phase 3 study completed, regulatory approval is being sought and commercialization activities for this product candidate are being advanced initially in the U.S. Development programs in this business segment also include expansion of synthetic hypericin sodium (SGX302) into psoriasis, our first-in-class innate defense regulator (IDR) technology, dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, including oral mucositis in head and neck cancer, and proprietary formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation including pediatric Crohn's disease (SGX203).

Our Public Health Solutions business segment includes active development programs for RiVax®, our ricin toxin vaccine candidate, and SGX943, our therapeutic candidate for antibiotic resistant and emerging infectious disease, and our vaccine programs targeting filoviruses (such as Marburg and Ebola) and CiVax™, our vaccine candidate for the prevention of COVID-19 (caused by SARS-CoV-2). The development of our vaccine programs incorporates the use of our proprietary heat stabilization platform technology, known as ThermoVax®. To date, this business segment has been supported with government grant and contract funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

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