Contrafect CEO Gilman takes temporary medical leave

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

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ContraFect Corp. chairman and CEO Steven C. Gilman is stepping away from his role as CEO at the Yonkers-based biotech company for an unspecified medical leave, the company announced March 13.

Gilman will remain as chairman and is expected to return to his CEO role in the third quarter of 2017, according to the company’s announcement.


Steven C. Gilman, chairman and CEO, ContraFect Corp.

The company’s board established an interim office of the CEO to handle Gilman’s duties. The four-person team includes Cara Cassino, executive VP of research and development and chief medical officer; Natalie Bogdanos, general counsel and corporate secretary; Michael Messinger, senior VP, finance; and Josh Muntner, senior VP, business development.

“The company’s senior management team has worked seamlessly together since I have been CEO and I am confident that they will continue to drive ContraFect’s programs forward,” Gilman said.

ContraFect is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of protein and antibody therapeutics for drug-resistant infectious diseases.

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Ryan Deffenbaugh covers energy, education, food and beverage and the Sound Shore for the Westchester County Business Journal. He previously worked for Westchester Magazine and The Citizen daily newspaper (Auburn, N.Y.). He started with the Westchester County Business Journal in March 2016.

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