Novavax Board Appoints Current Director to Audit Committee
Action Resolves Notice Letter from Nasdaq
MALVERN, Pa., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) said today that it had received a Nasdaq Staff Deficiency Letter notifying Novavax that the company was not in compliance with Nasdaq's audit committee requirement for continued listing set forth in Marketplace Rule 4350(d)(2). In a July 6, 2006 letter to the company, Nasdaq noted that the resignation of Mitchell J. Kelly on May 22, 2006 from the Novavax board of directors left the company's audit committee with only two members. Under Nasdaq and Security and Exchange Commission rules, the audit committee must consist of at least three independent members.
On July 10, 2006, the Novavax board unanimously appointed director John O. Marsh, Jr. to the audit committee in satisfaction of applicable Nasdaq and SEC requirements. Pursuant to Rule 4350(d)(4), Novavax had until the earlier of May 22, 2007 or the company's 2007 annual shareholder meeting to regain compliance.
About Novavax, Inc.
Novavax is focused on creating differentiated, value-added pharmaceutical and vaccine products and technologies. The company's technology platforms include the virus-like particle (VLP) manufacturing technology utilizing the baculovirus expression system in insect cells, as well as novel vaccine adjuvants based on Novasomes(R), non-phospholipid vesicles and dendrimer technologies. The company is developing a pandemic flu vaccine against H5N1, H9N2 and other avian influenza viruses and a seasonal flu vaccine against human influenza strains using its VLP and Novasome adjuvant technologies. Novavax's drug delivery technologies include the micellar nanoparticle (MNP) technology which is the basis for the development of its first FDA-approved product, ESTRASORB(R). In addition to MNP, Novavax drug delivery technologies include Novasomes and Sterisomes(R), solvent and oil-free emulsions for subcutaneous depot injection. The company has several products utilizing the MNP technology in various stages of development.
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