MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, today announced the appointment of Celia Eckert as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Ms. Eckert brings more than 20 years of experience as a corporate attorney in both law firm and in-house roles. At Xencor she will be responsible for all legal matters, including transactions, corporate governance and employment law, as well as overseeing the Company’s intellectual property portfolio.
“It will be critical for Xencor to establish a strong legal infrastructure as we grow and mature as an organization and advance our portfolio programs through the later stages of clinical development,” said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Xencor. “Celia brings to us a wealth of legal expertise in healthcare and life sciences that will be instrumental to leading our legal strategy, and we are delighted she has joined our team.”
Ms. Eckert joins Xencor from Synthetic Genomics, Inc., where she served as vice president, corporate legal. In this role she negotiated licensing and financial transactions and supported other corporate legal matters. Prior to Synthetic Genomics, Ms. Eckert served as associate general counsel at Sequenom, Inc., and as senior director, legal affairs at Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. At Prometheus, she structured transactions, managed substantial patent litigation and supported the growth of the company’s commercial organization. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and at Jones Day. Ms. Eckert earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings School of Law.
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases. Currently, 14 candidates engineered with Xencor's XmAb® technology are in clinical development internally and with partners. Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering technology enables small changes to the structure of monoclonal antibodies resulting in new mechanisms of therapeutic action. For more information, please visit www.xencor.com.
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