Kuros Biosciences (SIX: KURN) announced today the appointment of Michael Grau as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective February 1, 2018. Michael Grau succeeds Harry Welten, who will step down as CFO on February 1, 2018 to focus on his board
roles and part-time CFO functions in privately held companies. Harry Welten will remain on the Board of Directors of Kuros.
Kuros’ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Joost de Bruijn commented: “I am delighted to welcome Michael Grau to the executive team. Michael has extensive experience in corporate finance and auditing in private and public companies. With his strong operational background, we believe Michael brings highly relevant experience and financial leadership to the Company that will help us as we capitalize on new opportunities to becoming a leading commercial-stage orthobiologics company.”
Joost de Bruijn continued: “I am sincerely grateful to Harry for leading the company through capital raises, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions in the past seven years. Harry’s continued involvement will ensure a smooth transition to Michael.”
Kuros’ Chairman Christian Itin said: “We are grateful for Harry’s valuable contributions and services to the Company. As CFO, Harry restructured CHF 70 million in private and public debt and raised more than CHF 80 million in equity, ensuring that the company has a solid capital base and structure for its next steps of growth and start of commercialization. We wish Harry all the best for his future endeavors.”
Christian Itin continued: “With Michael’s extensive experience as CFO of several small- and medium-sized companies, accounting and fundraising background, we have found a highly capable successor to Harry to help lead the company during its next growth stage. Michael has more than 15 years of experience in the medtech and pharma field and is therefore extremely well suited to take up this position.”
Biographical background on Michael Grau
Michael Grau has an impressive track record of 25 years` experience in corporate finance, controlling, accounting and general management in diverse industries and, since 2001, with a focus on medtech, biotech and pharma. He was responsible for multiple capital market transactions, financing rounds and several merger and acquisition agreements for public and private companies. Most recently, Mr. Grau
served as CFO of Proteros Biostructures, a biotech company focusing on enabling lead discovery, Correvio, a Geneva-based hospital specialty pharma company, and Endosense, another Geneva-based private medtech company. He started his career working for KPMG Pat Marwick. Mr. Grau holds a BA in European Finance and Accounting from Bremen University, Germany, and Leeds University, U.K., and an executive MBA from Henley Business School at the University of Reading, U.K. Mr. Grau is citizen of Germany.