NEW YORK, Jan. 21 - Lion Bioscience expects to end its search for a chief financial officer during the current quarter, the company said in a conference call last week.
The German bioinformatics giant began the search after CFO Klaus Sprockamp perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
"Klaus was at a meeting with an investor who had offices on a high floor in the southern building when the attack occurred," Lion's CEO Friedrich von Bohlen said at the time.
Sprockamp, 42, was in the second tower when a pair of hijacked jumbo jets slammed into them, toppling them and killing more than 3,000 people. Von Bohlen said two other Lion employees were on their way to a later meeting at the World Trade Center but heard the news of the attack before arriving downtown.
"He [Sprockamp] was supposed to have a meeting later with two other guys from Lion and then the first plane crashed," von Bohlen said.
"Our thoughts are with his family," he added. "I have known Klaus for eight years. He was more than a colleague, he was a friend."
Sprockamp is survived by his wife and two children. He joined Lion, based in Heidelberg, as CFO in January 1999 after working as a consultant for the company.
Lion's corporate controller, Peter Willinger, has performed the CFO's duties in the interim.
Von Bohlen mentioned the impending end to the CFO search during a conference call announcing the company's acquisition of NetGenics.