Leverkusen, Germany, Feb. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Supervisory Board of Biofrontera AG (NASDAQ: BFRA; Frankfurt Stock Exchange: B8F) (the “Company”), an international biopharmaceutical company, announces a change in the company's Management Board. Effective March 1, 2021, Mr. Ludwig Lutter has been appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Biofrontera AG. He succeeds Thomas Schaffer and will be responsible for Finance, Administration, Controlling and Human Resources within the company. Thomas Schaffer will be leaving the Company by best mutual consent on February 28, 2021, to pursue new personal commitments outside the Company. This change is part of the succession planning previously announced by the Supervisory Board and the Management Board.
Thomas Schaffer was appointed CFO in June 2013 and has since successfully accompanied Biofrontera AG on its way to becoming a leading specialty pharma company. By replacing his position as planned, the Supervisory Board, together with the Management Board, has now been able to set the course for a smooth transition of the Management Board within the framework of the intended succession planning at an early stage.
"Over the past eight years, Thomas Schaffer has contributed substantially to the international growth of Biofrontera AG, and in particular has secured the financing of the company. The Supervisory Board expresses its sincere thanks to Mr. Schaffer for his outstanding achievements and his many years of personal commitment to the Biofrontera Management Board. On behalf of the entire management and all employees, I wish him continued success and all the best for his future," says Dr. Ulrich Granzer, Chairman of the Company’s Supervisory Board. "With Ludwig Lutter, we have been able to attract an executive leader with an international profile and impressive experience in growth companies to our Management Board. As a proven financial expert with extensive expertise also for the North American capital markets, Mr. Lutter is perfectly suited to further expand Biofrontera AG's presence in the relevant US market. This puts us in an excellent position to focus on fully exploiting our market potential in the US in the future," Dr. Granzer continued.
Ludwig Lutter has over 20 years of experience as CFO in numerous technology companies. Before joining Biofrontera, he served as CFO for brillen.de, Hotel Reservation Service, Intershop Communications AG, SOPHOS und Poet Holdings, Inc., which under his responsibility was brought public on both Nasdaq and the Frankfurt Stock Market, among other start-ups and IT-companies. Prior to that, he served in public accounting and tax consulting for KPMG and other public accounting firms. Ludwig holds a degree in business administration from the University of Texas, USA, and is qualified as a certified tax advisor in Germany.
"Biofrontera operates in a highly exciting market environment - the biotech market in the USA in particular holds enormous potential. My clear goal is to position the Company more firmly in the US market and to make a sustainable contribution to increasing the value of the Company. I am very much looking forward to a rewarding and successful collaboration with the team at Biofrontera," commented Ludwig Lutter.
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Biofrontera AG is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development and sale of dermatological drugs and medical cosmetics.
The Germany-based company, with over 150 employees worldwide, develops and markets innovative products for the care, protection and treatment of the skin. The company’s lead product is the combination of Ameluz®, a topical prescription drug, and medical device BF-RhodoLED® for the photodynamic therapy of certain superficial skin cancers and their precursors. Ameluz® has been marketed in the EU since 2012 and in the United States since May 2016. In addition, the company markets the prescription medication Xepi® for the treatment of impetigo in the United States. In the EU, the company also sells the dermocosmetics series Belixos®, which offers specialized care for damaged or diseased skin.
Biofrontera is the first German founder-led pharmaceutical company to receive a centralized European and a US approval for a drug developed in-house. The Biofrontera Group was founded in 1997 by the current CEO Prof. Dr. Hermann Lübbert and is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard) and on the US NASDAQ. www.biofrontera.com.
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