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Adagio Announces David Hering Named Permanent Chief Executive Officer and Director

WALTHAM, Mass., July 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adagio Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADGI), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of antibody-based solutions for infectious diseases, announced today that industry and infectious disease veteran David Hering, who has been serving as the company’s interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer, has been named permanent CEO and a director on the company’s Board of Directors.

“As COVID-19 continues to infect millions worldwide, we are committed to the ongoing advancement of Adagio’s founding mission focused on delivering both treatment and prophylactic solutions for COVID-19 and other important infectious diseases,” said Marc Elia, chair of Adagio’s Board of Directors. “A thorough process underlined Dave’s core skills and deep expertise. He is the ideal person to lead Adagio through its next phase of growth, and we are thrilled to appoint him as CEO and director. We believe Adagio has best-in-class antibody discovery and development capabilities and to fully realize its potential the company requires leadership with substantial operational and commercial experience. Dave has a unique track record leading organizations focused on infectious disease medicines, including the launch of the first and market leading COVID-19 vaccine during his time at Pfizer. We are excited about the road ahead for Adagio and the impact we may have on people in need.”

Mr. Hering added, “Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to impact global health. Waning antibody titers combined with the continued emergence of immune-evasive SARS-CoV-2 variants is resulting in high rates of infection with disease outcomes ranging from asymptomatic to symptomatic to hospitalization and death. This immunity gap provides a significant unmet need which Adagio was created to help address. There remains a tremendous prophylactic and treatment potential opportunity for Adagio’s adintrevimab and other emerging candidates with potential class leading profiles. I am pleased to assume this role as permanent CEO and look forward to leading the company to fulfill our mission and potentially bring beneficial antibody-based therapeutic options to patients in need.”

About Adagio Therapeutics
Adagio (Nasdaq: ADGI) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of differentiated products for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The company is developing its lead product candidate, adintrevimab, for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. Beyond COVID-19, Adagio is leveraging robust antibody discovery and development capabilities that have enabled expedited advancement of adintrevimab into clinical trials to develop therapeutic or preventative options for other infectious diseases, such as additional coronaviruses and influenza. Adintrevimab is an investigational monoclonal antibody that is not approved for use in any country. The safety and efficacy of adintrevimab have not been established. For more information, please visit www.adagiotx.com.

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