Chief Financial Officer

Client Team Lead: Matt Toner
CFO | 20220627

Client: Aptose Biosciences, Inc. 

Aptose Biosciences Inc. (“Aptose” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: APTO, TSX: APS), a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing highly differentiated oral kinase inhibitors to treat hematologic malignancies, today announced the appointment of Mr. Fletcher Payne to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, Mr. Payne will lead Aptose’s financial operations and serve as a member of the Company’s executive management team.

“As a highly accomplished CFO, Fletcher brings to Aptose extensive experience in corporate finance, strategy and operations within the biotechnology industry, including the equity capital markets, banking practices and financial transaction experience,” said William G. Rice, Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to have him join our executive management team and will benefit from his leadership, strategic insights, and guidance as we advance HM43239 and luxeptinib through clinical development toward commercialization.”

With a healthcare tenure of more than two decades, Mr. Payne most recently served as CFO of Syapse, where he completed several financing transactions and oversaw accounting, finance, corporate development, and legal functions. Prior, he served as CFO at Catalyst Bioscience, a publicly traded biotech company. He served in a CFO capacity and senior financial positions at CytomX Therapeutics, Plexxikon Inc., Rinat Neuroscience Corporation, Dynavax Technologies Corporation, and Cell Genesys, among others. Mr. Payne holds a B.S. in Finance from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

“I am delighted to be joining Aptose to help advance HM43239 and luxeptinib — two product candidates that have demonstrated promise for hematology malignancies — through clinical trials,” said Mr. Payne. “I am excited to work with the talented team at Aptose as we progress our business and help realize the potential of these important assets.”

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