Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Welcomes Jill Bieker Stefanelli, Ph.D. to Board of Directors; Alexander L. Cappello Steps Down

In line with the Company’s Fix, Fund, Propel approach, Jill Bieker Stefanelli, Ph.D. joins Board, adding precision medicine and product development depth in support of stated strategy to advance innovative technology to market. Separately, Alexander L. Cappello steps down.

DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced Jill Bieker Stefanelli, Ph.D. has joined the Company’s Board of Directors, adding deep experience developing and advancing precision medicine products in line with Navidea’s stated objectives and its Fix, Fund, Propel approach to advancing innovative technology to market. Separately, Alexander L. Cappello has stepped down from the Company’s Board.

Results-Driven, Experienced, Precision Medicine Leader and Strategist

Jill Bieker Stefanelli, Ph.D. joins Navidea’s Board of Directors with demonstrated experience leading fast-paced organizations focused on transformative precision medicine. Dr. Stefanelli’s career and expertise within pharma and commercial client markets strengthen the Board’s ability to guide product strategy, partnership development, and delivery of shareholder value.

“Dr. Stefanelli adds a strong and experienced voice who will press the business forward,” said Dr. Jason Myers, Owner and Founder of G2G Ventures. “She is a true scientist and an expert in the industry, with a career progression that includes research, commercial development, product strategy and proven leadership at all levels. Dr. Stefanelli understands our vision, and offers perspective to help lead Navidea’s technology and assets to the forefront.”

Dr. Stefanelli is currently the founding consultant of a consulting practice focused on supporting Precision Medicine Companies including genomics, digital pathology, artificial intelligence, therapeutics, and medical devices as a Consultant, Scientific Advisor, or Independent Board Member. Previously, her experience includes serving as President, Board Member, and Chief Business Officer at Paige, as Senior Vice President and Head of Partnerships at Invitae/ArcherDX, as Clinical Commercial Development Lead at Life Technologies, as a Genomics Specialist at Roche Diagnostics, and in science and microbiology roles with Genewiz, USDA APHIS and Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Stefanelli earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences & Industry, M.S. in Food Science/Microbiology, and Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Diagnostic Pathology within the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology from the Veterinary School of Medicine at Kansas State University. Her teaching experience includes instruction related to veterinary virology, food microbiology and automation in microbiology, and Dr. Stefanelli has published in peer reviewed journals throughout her career.

Separately, Alexander L. Cappello, after having joined Navidea in 2021 and recently serving as Chair of the Board, has decided to step down to pursue opportunities outside the organization.

“We thank Mr. Cappello for his contribution,” said John K. Scott, Jr, Navidea’s Vice Chair of the Board. “We wish him the very best in pursuit of his next opportunity, and continue our focus on developing processes and growth strategies led by Navidea’s team of experts and our experienced partners in G2G Ventures.”

About Navidea

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navidea’s Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts. For more information, visit

About G2G Ventures

G2G Ventures is a Colorado-based private equity firm focused on empowering organizations to reach their full potential through investment and consulting services. Specializing in creating long-term partnerships with trusted investors and established businesses, G2G Ventures draws on strong internal balance sheet liquidity, augmented by trusted investor capital, to craft bespoke capital solutions which include private equity investment, venture capital participation, and mezzanine debt options. Beyond financial investment, G2G Ventures provides accretive consulting services to help clarify strategic goals and key performance indicators (KPIs), evolve financial processes, and enhance operational effectiveness. To learn more about how G2G Ventures is a growth partner for enduring business, connect with our team.

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