Ascend Capital Founder Malcolm Fairbairn Appointed to TFF Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 28, 2020–
TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFFP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative drug products based on its patented Thin Film Freezing (TFF) technology platform, announced today that Malcolm Fairbairn has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company.

Mr. Fairbairn was the Founder, President and Chief Investment Officer for Ascend Capital, a $3.5 Billion Long/Short Equity fund for almost 20 years. He was instrumental in building all aspects of the firm, which had made significant investments in the healthcare and life science market segments. Prior to founding Ascend, Mr. Fairbairn was a Managing Director of Citadel Investment Group. Mr. Fairbairn holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS and BS from MIT in Chemical Engineering.

“Malcolm is a pioneer in the life science investment community, and we are pleased to welcome him to the Board of Directors of TFF Pharmaceuticals,” said Glenn Mattes, President and CEO of TFF Pharmaceuticals. “We believe his experience, especially in financial transactions and operations, will be valuable as we continue to grow our business and expand into new potential partnership opportunities.”

“I’m very excited to join the board of TFF to aid the development of its novel drug delivery platform,” said Malcolm Fairbairn. “Their Thin Film Freezing platform technology holds strong promise for a wide variety of compounds for lung conditions, biologics and combination drugs.”

About TFF Pharmaceuticals’ Thin Film Freezing technology platform

TFF Pharmaceuticals’ Thin Film Freezing (TFF) platform was designed to improve the solubility and absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs and is particularly suited to generate dry powder particles with properties targeted for inhalation delivery, especially to the deep lung, an area of extreme interest in respiratory medicine. The TFF process results in a “Brittle Matrix Particle,” which possesses low bulk density, high surface area, and typically an amorphous morphology, allowing the particles to supersaturate when contacting the target site, such as lung tissue. Based upon laboratory experiments, the aerodynamic properties of the particles are such that the portion of a drug deposited to the deep lung has the potential to reach as high as 75 percent.

About TFF Pharmaceuticals
TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative drug products based on its patented Thin Film Freezing, or TFF, technology platform. Early testing confirms that the TFF platform can significantly improve the solubility and absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs, a class of drugs that comprises approximately one-third of the major pharmaceuticals worldwide, thereby improving their pharmacokinetics. TFF Pharmaceuticals has two lead drug candidates: Voriconazole Inhalation Powder and Tacrolimus Inhalation Powder. The Company plans to add to this pipeline by collaborating with large pharmaceutical partners. The TFF Platform is protected by 39 patents issued or pending in the US and internationally. To learn more about TFF Pharmaceuticals and its product candidates, visit the Company’s website at


This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including the benefits of the Company’s TFF platform and its dry powder version of Voriconazole and Tacrolimus, and the Company’s plans to add to its existing pipeline of product candidates. Those forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Among those factors are: (i) no drug product incorporating the TFF platform has received FDA pre-market approval or otherwise been incorporated into a commercial drug product, (ii) the Company has no current agreements or understandings with any large pharmaceutical companies for the development of a drug product incorporating the TFF Platform and (iii) those other risks disclosed in the section “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the on December 9, 2019. TFF Pharmaceuticals cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. TFF Pharmaceuticals does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur, except as required by law.

Source: TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Company Contacts:

Glenn Mattes

President and CEO

TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc


Kirk Coleman

Chief Financial Officer

TFF Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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