Axovant Announces Changes to Board of Directors


BASEL, Switzerland, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Axovant Sciences (NYSE: AXON) today announced that it has appointed Patrick Machado to the Company's Board of Directors effective as of June 15, 2017, while Lawrence Olanoff, MD, and Gary Pisano, Ph.D., have stepped down as directors effective as of the June 1, 2017 board meeting.

"I am delighted to welcome Pat to our board," said David Hung, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Axovant Sciences. "We believe Pat's deep business development experience and his insights will help position Axovant to become the leading company in neurology in the years to come. In addition, I thank Larry and Gary for their significant contributions to the board."

Mr. Machado was a co-founder of Medivation, Inc., and served as its Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2014, as well as its Chief Business Officer from 2009 to 2014. He also served as a director of Medivation from April 2014 through September 2016. Mr. Machado currently serves on the boards of directors of several other biopharmaceutical companies, including Roivant Sciences, Ltd., the majority controlling shareholder of Axovant Sciences Ltd.

"I am thrilled to join this group of esteemed directors and help guide Axovant into the future," said Mr. Machado. "I am excited to be part of an organization focused on such important work and I look forward to contributing to the impact that this company could have on millions of patients around the world."

Mr. Machado graduated from Santa Clara University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

About Axovant Sciences
Axovant is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative medicines to broadly address multiple forms of dementia and related neurological disorders. Axovant is developing a pipeline of late- and early-stage product candidates that focuses on the cognitive, functional, and behavioral aspects of debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia and other neurological disorders. For more information, visit

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For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Axovant's business in general, see the "Risk Factors" section of our quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 14, 2017, and other filings that Axovant makes with the SEC from time to time. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to Axovant as of the date of this press release and speak only as of the date of this release. Axovant disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.


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