bluebird bio Appoints Mark Vachon to its Board of Directors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--bluebird bio (Nasdaq: BLUE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on transforming the lives of patients with severe genetic and orphan diseases using gene therapy, today announced that Mark Vachon has joined the company’s board of directors.
“Mark’s extensive global experience across healthcare in both general management and financial leadership positions will be invaluable to bluebird as we look to grow our business and potentially introduce innovative gene therapies to treat blood disorders, adrenoleukodystrophy and cancers.”
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Vachon to our board,” said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. “Mark’s extensive global experience across healthcare in both general management and financial leadership positions will be invaluable to bluebird as we look to grow our business and potentially introduce innovative gene therapies to treat blood disorders, adrenoleukodystrophy and cancers.”
Over his career, Mr. Vachon has assumed a variety of leadership positions across the General Electric (NYSE: GE) organization over 30 years and was a Company Officer since 1999 and a member of the Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Vachon was President and CEO of GE Healthcare Americas from 2009 to 2010 and prior to that he was President and CEO of Global Diagnostic Imaging, GE Healthcare between 2006 and 2009. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Vachon was Executive Vice President and CFO at GE Healthcare.
“I am pleased and excited to be joining bluebird bio’s Board,” said Mark Vachon. “In my career to date, I have seen the dramatic changes in healthcare and the introduction of new and innovative approaches that have transformed the lives of patients. I hope to help bluebird as it grows and as it starts to consider the global deployment of its gene therapy product platform.”
About bluebird bio, Inc.
bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study, the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in two phase 1/2 studies, one in the US (the Northstar Study) and one in France (HGB-205), for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major. The phase 1/2 HGB-205 study also allows enrollment of patient(s) with sickle cell disease, and bluebird bio is planning a separate U.S. sickle cell disease trial (HGB-206).
bluebird bio also has an early-stage chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CAR-T) program for oncology in collaboration with Celgene Corporation.
bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington and Paris, France. For more information, please visit www.bluebirdbio.com
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