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AGTC appoints Stephen W. Potter chief business officer

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Staff writer | Gainesville, Fla., USA | January 30, 2015
AGTCJanuary 30, 2015, Gainesville, Fla., USA - Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, a clinical stage biotechnology company, appoints Stephen W. Potter as its vice president and chief business officer.
Mr. Potter was employed most recently by NeoStem, Inc., a developer of cell-based therapeutics, where he served as Executive Vice President from July 2013 to the present, and was a member of the Board of Directors from February 2011 to July 2013.

Previously, Mr. Potter was Senior Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development for Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., where he was part of the senior leadership team that achieved approval of the first-ever stem cell drug therapy, Prochymal.

He was also responsible for the launch and overall management of the Bio-Surgery business unit as well as operational oversight for multiple functional areas including manufacturing, human resources, IT, legal, and business development. From 2006 through 2010, Mr. Potter served as Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Genzyme Corporation and as Vice President of Corporate and Business Development from 2000 through 2006.

Over his ten years at Genzyme, he was the senior leader for its global corporate and business development team that provided strategic and transaction support, including support for most of Genzyme's gene and cell therapy opportunities. Mr. Potter has also held positions at DuPont Pharmaceuticals, E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company, Inc., and Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Mr. Potter earned a B.S. from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Potter, who has more than 15 years of experience as a senior executive in the biotechnology industry, succeeds Daniel L. Menichella, who resigned from his position at AGTC to pursue another opportunity.