SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gossamer Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOSS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutics in the disease areas of immunology, inflammation and oncology, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Faheem Hasnain as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective immediately. Mr. Hasnain is a Co-Founder, former Chief Executive Officer, and current Chairman of Gossamer Bio. Mr. Hasnain succeeds Sheila Gujrathi, M.D., a Co-Founder of Gossamer Bio, who served as Chief Executive Officer and President since July 2018. Dr. Gujrathi will continue in an advisory role to the Company.
“I would like to thank Sheila for her invaluable contributions to Gossamer Bio, from the founding of the Company to the significant progress we have made across our pipeline, and we wish her best of luck as she moves on to new endeavors,” said Mr. Hasnain. “I am extremely excited to lead the Gossamer Bio team as we continue to advance our pipeline and work to develop important new therapies with tremendous potential to benefit high unmet need patient populations.”
“I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to build and lead a world-class Gossamer Bio team. I am proud of what we have achieved together advancing our innovative research and development programs and look forward to the future success of the Company,” said Dr. Gujrathi.
Prior to co-founding Gossamer Bio, Mr. Hasnain served as President, CEO and as a Director of Receptos, Inc. from November 2010 to August 2015. Receptos was a public company formed in 2009 focused on developing treatments in immunology and metabolic disorders and was purchased by Celgene Corporation in August 2015. Previously, Mr. Hasnain was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Facet Biotech Corporation, a biology-driven antibody company with a focus in multiple sclerosis and oncology. He held that position from December 2008 until the company's acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in April 2010.
About Gossamer Bio
Gossamer Bio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutics in the disease areas of immunology, inflammation and oncology. Its goal is to be an industry leader in each of these therapeutic areas and to enhance and extend the lives of patients suffering from such diseases.
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