CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160), a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative medicines worldwide, today announced the appointment of Corsee Sanders, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors and to the Audit and Scientific Advisory Committees of the Board.
Dr. Sanders most recently served as Strategic Advisor to the Office of the Celgene Chief Medical Officer and Transition Advisor to Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) from March 2018 to February 2020, assisting with the integration of the development organization of Juno Therapeutics into Celgene and BMS, respectively. Dr. Sanders previously served on the Juno Therapeutics Executive Committee as Executive Vice President of Development Operations, with responsibilities for strategic operations, quantitative sciences, biosample, and clinical operations. Dr. Sanders also held leadership positions, including Global Head of Biometrics and Global Head of Clinical Operations, at Genentech/Roche over the span of approximately 23 years, with responsibility for leading nearly 2,500 employees globally in her last role, planning and executing global development and local clinical trials in more than 70 countries. She was also the Co-Chair of the Roche-Chugai Joint Portfolio Management Committee.
“Dr. Sanders is an insightful industry leader, with a deep commitment to scientific excellence and the operational prowess to oversee clinical trials designed to bring important medical breakthroughs to patients around the world. We are very pleased to welcome her to our Board of Directors, and anticipate that her expertise will be highly valuable as we work to expand our pipeline, making an impact for the greater good of patients,” commented John V. Oyler, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of BeiGene.
Dr. Sanders has directly contributed and/or provided oversight in developing multiple pharmaceutical products, including Rituxan®, Herceptin®, TNKase®, Cathflo®, Xolair®, Avastin®, Tarceva®, Lucentis®, Zelboraf®, Perjeta®, Erivedge®, Gazyva®, Kadcyla®, Alecensa®, Cotellic®, Venclexta®, Tecentriq®, Ocrevus®, Hemlibra®, Claritin®, and lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel), a CAR-T cell therapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She served as a director of TransCelerate Biopharma Inc., a non-profit organization of pharmaceutical companies until 2016 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA and as a director of the following biotechnology companies: Molecular Templates Inc. (NASDAQ: MTEM), Legend Biotech Corporation (NASDAQ: LEGN), and AltruBio (formerly AbGenomics) Inc. (privately-held).
“I am honored to join BeiGene’s board and am excited to be at the forefront of our industry’s evolution, with BeiGene leading the way, by working to bring high quality, innovative therapies to billions more people – through courage, persistent innovation, and challenging the status quo. I am impressed with the team at BeiGene, its broad internal research and development capabilities, and its portfolio of early-, late-stage, and commercial products,” commented Dr. Sanders.
Dr. Sanders earned her B.S. and M.S. in statistics, graduating magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in statistics from the Wharton Doctoral Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
BeiGene is a global, commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative medicines to improve treatment outcomes and access for patients worldwide. Our 4,200+ employees in China, the United States, Australia, Europe, and elsewhere are committed to expediting the development of a diverse pipeline of novel therapeutics. We currently market two internally discovered oncology products: BTK inhibitor BRUKINSA® (zanubrutinib) in the United States and China, and anti-PD-1 antibody tislelizumab in China. We also market or plan to market in China additional oncology products licensed from Amgen Inc., Celgene Logistics Sàrl, a Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) company, and EUSA Pharma. To learn more about BeiGene, please visit www.beigene.com and follow us on Twitter at @BeiGeneUSA.
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