“I’m excited to welcome Bill to the Board to help navigate an important stage in bluebird’s evolution,” said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. “Bill is a pioneer in cancer genomics and translational medicine, as well as an experienced industry research and development leader, and we look forward to his contributions in supporting all of us at bluebird to achieve our goals for patients.”
“I have been impressed with bluebird’s passion for translating innovative science into improved treatments for patients through the company’s gene editing, gene addition and cellular immunotherapy platforms,” said Dr. Sellers. “I look forward to working with such a talented team to progress the company’s early research pipeline and robust BCMA clinical development program, and to discover the next generation of gene and cell therapies.”
Dr. Sellers leads a research group focused on translating genomic discoveries into new therapeutics as a Core Institute Member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and as a Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Previously, Dr. Sellers directed cancer drug discovery and early cancer clinical development at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research overseeing scientists, clinicians and clinical staff on sites in Cambridge, East Hanover, Basel and Shanghai from 2005-2016. During his tenure he conceptualized and directed a collaboration with the Broad Institute on the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia, the development of the Novartis Primary Derived Xenograft Encyclopedia and large-scale efforts to functionally characterize the cancer genome. Along with Dr. Carl June, he co-chaired the CART research collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania that brought CTL019 to a recent FDA approval.
Dr. Sellers was previously an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. Together with Matthew Meyerson, he initiated and developed large-scale efforts to re-sequence genes in diverse cancer types, which led to the development of the widely used GISTIC algorithm, the discovery of EGFR mutations in lung adenocarcinoma and the discovery of the oncogenic role of the MITF gene in melanoma. In addition, his work advanced the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of growth regulation of the PTEN tumor suppressor gene.
Dr. Sellers received his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1982 and M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1986. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco in 1989 and trained in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Sellers is a former member of the National Cancer Advisory Board.
About bluebird bio, Inc.
bluebird bio is pioneering gene therapy with purpose. From our Cambridge, Mass., headquarters, we’re developing gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and cancer, with the goal that people facing potentially fatal conditions with limited treatment options can live their lives fully. Beyond our labs, we’re working to positively disrupt the healthcare system to create access, transparency and education so that gene therapy can become available to all those who can benefit.
bluebird bio is a human company powered by human stories. We’re putting our care and expertise to work across a spectrum of disorders by researching cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, sickle cell disease, transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia and multiple myeloma using three gene therapy technologies: gene addition, cell therapy and (megaTAL-enabled) gene editing.
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