Verastem Oncology Appoints Michelle Robertson to Board of Directors
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verastem Oncology (Nasdaq:VSTM), a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing new medicines for patients battling cancer, today announced the appointment of Michelle Robertson to its Board of Directors, effective November 15, 2021. Ms. Robertson, who is the Chief Financial Officer at Editas Medicine, will chair the audit committee. She will fill a vacancy created by Gina Consylman, who is stepping down from the Board later this year to focus on other professional duties.
“We are immensely appreciative of Gina’s many important contributions to Verastem during her tenure on the Board, and we look forward to welcoming Michelle as Verastem continues to rapidly advance its development program in RAS targeted treatment,” said Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D., Lead Director of the Verastem Oncology Board of Directors. “Michelle’s extensive leadership in Finance and Commercial Operations for leading biotechnology companies will be an asset to our Board.”
“Verastem’s work to bring new treatment options to patients with RAS pathway-driven cancers is inspiring, and I am energized to join the Board of Directors at such an exciting time,” said Ms. Robertson. “Their progress to date and future potential are built on excellent science, a focused development strategy and a highly committed team. I look forward to supporting the Company’s continued advancement.”
Prior to joining Editas Medicine, Ms. Robertson served as Chief Financial Officer of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2020. She joined Momenta as Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis. Previously, she served as Vice President, Oncology Finance for Baxalta, Inc., which was acquired by Shire PLC in 2016, following its spin-out from Baxter International in July 2015. She also served as head of Financial Planning and Analysis and Operations at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and has held various leadership positions in the Oncology and Biosurgery divisions with Finance and Commercial Operations at Genzyme, focusing on financial analysis for business development, acquisition integrations and divestitures. Ms. Robertson received her BS in Finance from Bentley University.
About Verastem Oncology
Verastem Oncology (Nasdaq: VSTM) is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of new medicines to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with cancer. Our pipeline is focused on novel small molecule drugs that inhibit critical signaling pathways in cancer that promote cancer cell survival and tumor growth, including RAF/MEK inhibition and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibition. For more information, please visit www.verastem.com.
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Other risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 18, 2021 and in any subsequent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect Verastem Oncology’s views as of the date hereof, and the Company does not assume and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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