James M. DeTore joins bluebird bio as Chief Financial Officer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases, today announced that James M. DeTore is joining the company as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and member of the company's leadership team.

"It is great to have Jim join the bluebird bio team at such an important time for the company"
Mr. DeTore joins the company from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he served as Vice President of Corporate Finance and as the Corporate Controller at Ironwood's predecessor company, Microbia, Inc. At Ironwood, Mr. DeTore had a major role in all the of company's financing and partnering transactions and managed its finances from early stage development through commercialization. Prior to that, he spent a number of years at Genzyme Corporation in a variety of divisional and corporate financial positions. Mr. DeTore received his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor's degree in Finance, from Northeastern University.

"It is great to have Jim join the bluebird bio team at such an important time for the company," stated Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. "As we transition into a later stage company, Jim's broad financial background and hands on experience managing company growth will be invaluable."

"I'm excited to join the bluebird bio team and contribute to its future growth," stated Mr. DeTore. "bluebird has built a world class gene therapy platform that has not only generated some powerful clinical data to date, but also has broad potential across many important diseases. I look forward to helping transition and prepare the company for global development and commercialization over the coming years."

About bluebird bio, Inc.

bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study, the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in two phase 1/2 studies, one in the US (the Northstar Study) and one in France (HGB-205), for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major. The phase 1/2 HGB-205 study also allows enrollment of patient(s) with sickle cell disease, and bluebird bio is planning a separate U.S. sickle cell disease trial (HGB-206).

bluebird bio also has an early-stage chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CAR-T) program for oncology in collaboration with Celgene Corporation.

bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington, and Paris, France. For more information, please visit www.bluebirdbio.com.

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