NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rallybio Corporation (Nasdaq: RLYB), a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases, today announced that Jonathan I. Lieber will join as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective February 1, 2023. Mr. Lieber succeeds Jeffrey Fryer, CPA, Rallybio’s Co-Founder and CFO. The company announced Mr. Fryer’s departure in June 2022, and following a transition period with Mr. Lieber, Mr. Fryer will depart the company on February 15, 2023.
Mr. Lieber brings more than 30 years of experience as a CFO for public and private life sciences companies and an investment banker. Most recently, he served as the CFO of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), a publicly traded biotechnology gene therapy company focused on rare diseases, where he led all capital raising activities and was responsible for accounting and finance, human resources, investor relations, information technology and project management. Prior to AGTC, he was a Managing Director at Danforth Advisors, a private equity-backed firm, where he provided CFO services and strategic advice to public and private healthcare companies. Previously, Mr. Lieber served as CFO at firms including Histogenics, a publicly traded cell therapy company, Repligen, Xcellerex (acquired by GE Healthcare), and Altus Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Lieber began his career in healthcare as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers / Salomon Smith Barney and SG Cowen. He is a member of the board of directors of Salarius Pharmaceuticals and serves on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Lieber earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
“Jon brings an outstanding record of leadership in finance, capital raising, long-range strategic planning, and operations, as well as investor relations, and we are excited he is joining Rallybio at this important time for our programs. We believe Jon will be a valued contributor and colleague as we continue to advance our rare disease pipeline during this pivotal time in the Company’s development,” said Martin Mackay, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Rallybio.
Mr. Lieber added, “I am thrilled to join the accomplished team at Rallybio dedicated to transforming the development of therapies for severe and rare diseases. I look forward to contributing to Rallybio’s future growth.”
Rallybio is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases. Since its launch in January 2018, Rallybio has built a portfolio of promising product candidates, which are now in development to address rare diseases in the areas of hematology, immuno-inflammation, maternal fetal health, and metabolic disorders. The Company’s mission is being advanced by a team of highly experienced biopharma industry leaders with extensive research, development, and rare disease expertise. Rallybio is headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, with an additional facility at the University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program in Farmington, Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.rallybio.com.
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