Tetra Bio-Pharma Accelerates Growth Strategy with Appointment of Bernard Fortier as CEO
Momentum Public Relations
Press Release: July 24, 2017
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 24, 2017) – Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (“Tetra” or the “Company“) (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(CNSX:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF) today announced that it has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Bernard Fortier to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective today, July 24, 2017. Mr. Andre Rancourt, previous interim CEO will take the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Andre Audet will step down as Chairman of the Board of Directors but will continue to serve as a Board member.
Bernard Fortier is a graduate from the MBA program at l’école des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal, with over 20 years of international experience in management and business development in the biopharma, specialized medical nutrition and medical fields.
Mr. Fortier spent 5 years in the USA working in the therapy and rehabilitation market, having graduated from the physiotherapy program at Laval University. His experience in the USA enabled him to work on business development and management early in his career. After completing his MBA in 2001, he joined the pharmaceutical industry with a biotechnology company. He spent 8 years in various key commercial roles at Serono Canada (now EMD Serono) in the Multiple Sclerosis field, including National Sales Manager for the Neurology business unit.
In 2010, Bernard became the Country Manager for Nutricia Canada, the specialized medical nutrition division of Groupe Danone. He was recruited in 2012 to launch a new pharmaceutical company called Orimed Pharma. Through licensing deals and internal product development, the company’s portfolio grew from 3 to 10 products within 4 years.
“I am very pleased to welcome Bernard to the team as our new CEO as we are focused on building Tetra as a leading bio-pharmaceutical organization,” said Andre Rancourt, Chairman of Tetra Bio-Pharma. “Bernard is an experienced leader and executive with proven skills in leadership, strategy and execution, as well as business development and negotiation. Mr. Fortier has a clear mandate from the Board, to grow revenue and build Tetra as a global leader in pharmaceutical cannabis. Going forward, we will be placing considerable efforts in expanding Tetra in the U.S. market.”
Mr. Andre Rancourt, previous interim CEO was elected to the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Board has mandated Mr. Rancourt to continue taking an active and dynamic role as he demonstrated as Interim CEO. Mr. Rancourt will be responsible for the administration, overall corporate governance and financing of the corporation.
Mr. Andre Audet will step down as Chairman of the Board of Directors but will continue to serve as a member of the Board. The Corporation wishes to thank Mr. Audet for all his efforts in working to grow Tetra where it is today and looks forward to his continued participation in building Tetra as a global leader in pharmaceutical cannabis.
About Tetra Bio-Pharma:
Tetra Bio-Pharma is a multi subsidiary publicly traded company (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(CNSX:TBP)(OTCQB:TBPMF) engaged in the development of Bio Pharmaceuticals and Natural Health Products containing Cannabis and other medicinal plant based elements.
Tetra Bio-Pharma is focused on combining the traditional methods of medicinal cannabis use with the supporting scientific validation and safety data required for inclusion into the existing bio pharma industry by regulators physicians and insurance companies. More information is available about the company at: www.tetrabiopharma.com.
The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) has not reviewed this news release and does not accept responsibility for its adequacy or accuracy.
Some statements in this release may contain forward-looking information. All statements, other than of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding potential acquisitions and financings) are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “may”, “will”, “should”, “continue”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “intend”, “plan” or “project” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict, that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, without limitation, the inability of the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, GrowPros MMP Inc., to obtain a licence for the production of medical marijuana; failure to obtain sufficient financing to execute the Company’s business plan; competition; regulation and anticipated and unanticipated costs and delays, and other risks disclosed in the Company’s public disclosure record on file with the relevant securities regulatory authorities. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results or events not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities legislation.
Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
Vice President, IR & Corporate Communications
(514) 360-8040 Ext. 203