CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Epizyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating innovative personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers, today announced that Kenneth Bate, an independent consultant in the biotechnology industry, has been elected to the Company’s board of directors.
“We are very pleased with the election of Kenneth Bate to our board of directors,” said Robert J. Gould, Ph.D., Epizyme’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “His extensive operational, financial, commercial and transactional experience within the biotechnology industry will provide valuable guidance as we continue to advance our clinical programs and pipeline and build Epizyme into a fully integrated oncology company.”
Mr. Bate is currently an independent consultant in the biotechnology field. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Bate served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Archemix, Inc., or Archemix, a privately-held biotechnology company. Prior to Archemix, from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bate served in various positions at NitroMed, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Bate served as Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he headed the commercial organization. Prior to joining Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bate co-founded JSB Partners, LLC, a banking and advisory services firm for biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. From 1990 to 1996, he was with Biogen Inc., a biotechnology company, first as their Chief Financial Officer, and then as head of the commercial organization responsible for launching the multiple sclerosis business.
Mr. Bate serves on the board of directors of four other public biopharmaceutical companies, AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Genocea Biosciences, Inc. and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he is the chairman of the board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biotherapeutics company, and TransMedics, Inc. a privately-held medical device company.
Mr. Bate received his B.A. in chemistry from Williams College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
About Epizyme, Inc.
Epizyme, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers. Epizyme has built a proprietary product platform that the company uses to create small molecule inhibitors of a 96-member class of enzymes known as histone methyltransferases, or HMTs. HMTs are part of the system of gene regulation, referred to as epigenetics, that controls gene expression. Genetic alterations can result in changes to the activity of HMTs, making them oncogenic (cancer-causing). By focusing on the genetic drivers of cancers, Epizyme's targeted science seeks to match the right medicines with the right patients for a personalized approach to cancer treatment.
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