BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gamida Cell Ltd. (Nasdaq: GMDA), the leader in the development of NAM-enabled cell therapy candidates for patients with hematologic and solid cancers and other serious diseases, announces the appointment of Ivan M. Borrello, M.D. to its Board of Directors, effective June 9, 2022. Dr. Borrello is an Associate Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and a renowned physician and author who has made major contributions to better the understanding of immunotherapies and the treatment of hematologic malignancies as well as bone marrow transplant. He will also be joining Gamida Cell’s Science and Technology Committee.
The Company also announces the resignation of Ofer Gonen from its Board of Directors, effective June 9, 2022. Mr. Gonen will be joining MediWound Ltd. as chief executive officer effective June 30, 2022.
“I am excited to have Ivan join our Board of Directors. As a distinguished physician in hematologic malignancies, cellular therapeutics, and immunotherapies, Ivan has significantly contributed to the progress in the clinical oncology field,” said Julian Adams, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Gamida Cell. “His deep knowledge and clinical experience in immune-based therapies, most notably in establishing the first adoptive T-cell clinical trials at Johns Hopkins, will continue to support Gamida Cell as we advance our pipeline of NAM-enabled cell therapy candidates for patients with blood cancers and other serious blood disorders. In addition, on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I want to thank Ofer for his longstanding service to Gamida Cell. We wish him every success going forward.”
"It is a privilege to join Gamida Cell’s Board of Directors, as the company leverages its truly innovative NAM-technology to develop potentially curative cell therapy candidates,” said Dr. Borrello. "I believe the Company's novel technology holds tremendous promise, which is supported by remarkable clinical data, coupled with their deep expertise in oncology and the development of cellular therapy candidates. I look forward to supporting Gamida Cell as it continues to advance its growing pipeline of cell therapy candidates for patients with solid tumor and blood cancers and other serious blood diseases.”
Dr. Borrello’s clinical research interest is focused on developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of multiple myeloma. His laboratory research has focused on the development of a novel approach of adoptive T-cell therapy utilizing marrow infiltrating lymphocytes (MILs) as a more tumor-specific T-cell approach. He has held multiple appointments at Johns Hopkins University, including Instructor, Immunotherapy and Hematopoiesis, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center from 1999 to 2000, and Assistant Professor, Immunotherapy and Hematopoiesis, Hematologic Malignancies, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, from 2001 to 2008. Dr. Borrello is also the director of the myeloma program and medical director of the Cell Therapy Lab. Dr. Borrello received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Chicago and fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
About Gamida Cell
Gamida Cell is pioneering a diverse immunotherapy pipeline of potentially curative cell therapy candidates for patients with solid tumor and blood cancers and other serious blood diseases. We apply a proprietary expansion platform leveraging the properties of NAM to allogeneic cell sources including umbilical cord blood-derived cells and NK cells to create therapy candidates with potential to redefine standards of care. These include omidubicel, an investigational product candidate with potential as a life-saving alternative for patients in need of bone marrow transplant, and a line of modified and unmodified NAM-enabled NK cells targeted at solid tumor and hematological malignancies. For additional information, please visit www.gamida-cell.com or follow Gamida Cell on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @GamidaCellTx.
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