SQZ Biotechnologies Announces Leadership Transition
Chief Scientific Officer, Howard Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., to Become Member of the Company’s Board of Directors, Effective October 31, 2022
CSO Responsibilities to be Shared Among Ipsita Roymoulik, Ph.D., Scott Loughhead, Ph.D., and Maisam Dadgar as Senior Leaders of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls; Translational Research; and Engineering
WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SQZ Biotechnologies Company (NYSE: SQZ), focused on unlocking the full potential of cell therapies for multiple therapeutic areas, today announced that Howard Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective October 31, 2022. Dr. Bernstein has served as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer since July 2015, a position that he will hold until his appointment to the board. The CSO responsibilities will be divided among current senior leaders at SQZ. Ipsita Roymoulik, Ph.D., Scott Loughhead, Ph.D., and Maisam Dadgar will lead chemistry, manufacturing, and controls; translational research; and engineering, respectively. Dr. Bernstein will continue to be available for operational consultation to the team to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and provide technical expertise as needed.
“I am deeply grateful for Howard’s commitment to SQZ over the past seven years,” said Armon Sharei, Ph.D., CEO and Founder at SQZ Biotechnologies. “Howard has been instrumental in the growth of SQZ, its culture, and its people – we would not have come this far without his guidance and expertise. While he will transition from the day-to-day, I am thrilled that he will continue to contribute to our mission as a member of the Board. I am confident the excellent technical leadership team he has mentored over the years will expand on his legacy.”
Dr. Bernstein’s career has spanned over 30 years, including the past seven years at SQZ. His expertise in technology and drug development have helped SQZ progress its strategic vision to unlock the full potential of cell therapies.
“It has been one of the highlights of my career to be a part of SQZ and bring our therapeutics from research concepts to the clinic,” said Howard Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at SQZ Biotechnologies. “While it is an emotional experience to step away from my full-time role, I am very proud of my technical leadership team and look forward to seeing them demonstrate their potential. I am honored to remain involved with SQZ as a member of the board of directors and scientific consultant. Exciting things are in store for the cell therapy universe and especially SQZ.”
About SQZ Biotechnologies
SQZ Biotechnologies is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on unlocking the full potential of cell therapies to benefit patients with cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases. The company’s proprietary Cell Squeeze® technology offers the unique ability to deliver multiple biological materials into many patient cell types to engineer what we believe can be a broad range of potential therapeutics. Our goal is to create well-tolerated cell therapies that can provide therapeutic benefit for patients and improve the patient experience over existing cell therapy approaches. With accelerated production timelines under 24 hours and the opportunity to eliminate preconditioning and lengthy hospital stays, our approach could change the way people think about cell therapies. The company’s first therapeutic applications seek to generate target-specific immune responses, both in activation for the treatment of solid tumors and in immune tolerance for the treatment of unwanted immune reactions and autoimmune diseases. For more information, please visit www.sqzbiotech.com.
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