CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and rare diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies, today announced that Philip Gregory, D. Phil., is joining the company as its Chief Scientific Officer and a member of the leadership team.
"Philip shares our unwavering commitment to deliver therapies that have the potential to transform the lives of patients. The breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience will be crucial as we build a leading gene therapy products company."
Dr. Gregory comes to bluebird bio from Sangamo BioSciences Inc., where he most recently served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Research. At Sangamo, Dr. Gregory was responsible for setting the scientific direction of the company, prosecuting the development of the company's genome editing platform and overseeing the early discovery and development of IND candidates.
"Philip brings a wealth of pioneering leadership and expertise in the field of genome editing and gene therapy to bluebird bio during an exciting point in our company's growth," said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. "Philip shares our unwavering commitment to deliver therapies that have the potential to transform the lives of patients. The breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience will be crucial as we build a leading gene therapy products company."
"bluebird bio is uniquely positioned with deep expertise and a broad platform across lentiviral vectors and genome editing, with numerous promising therapeutic applications," said Dr. Gregory. "I am excited to be part of the team that is building and expanding upon this foundational work to bring potentially transformative therapies to patients."
Dr. Gregory holds a D.Phil. in Biochemistry from Oxford University, and B.Sc. in Microbiology from Sheffield University.
About bluebird bio, Inc.
With its lentiviral-based gene therapy and gene editing capabilities, bluebird bio has built an integrated product platform with broad potential application to severe genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapy. bluebird bio's clinical programs include Lenti-D™, currently in a Phase 2/3 study, called the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, and LentiGlobin®, currently in three clinical studies: a global Phase 1/2 study, called the Northstar Study, for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major; a single-center Phase 1/2 study in France (HGB-205) for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major or severe sickle cell disease; and a separate U.S. Phase 1 study for the treatment of sickle cell disease (HGB-206). bluebird bio also has ongoing preclinical CAR T immuno-oncology programs, as well as discovery research programs utilizing megaTALs/homing endonuclease gene editing technologies.
bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington, and Paris, France. For more information, please visit www.bluebirdbio.com.
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