BERKELEY, Calif., April 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aduro Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADRO), a biopharmaceutical company with three distinct immunotherapy technologies, today announced the promotion of Michele DeVries to vice president, regulatory affairs and Celeste Ferber to vice president, associate general counsel.
“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Michele DeVries and Celeste Ferber, who have each demonstrated expertise in their respective areas that is critical to the continued growth and success of our company,” said Stephen T. Isaacs, chairman, president and CEO of Aduro Biotech. “Both Michele and Celeste have played an integral role in our ongoing clinical and corporate development efforts, and we are pleased to add them to our leadership team. As we advance our programs into late stage development and set our sights on commercialization, Michele’s proven track record of effectively liaising with regulatory agencies and corporate partners, and Celeste’s extensive expertise in counseling public companies and astute business acumen, will continue to be of great value to Aduro.”
Michele DeVries, vice president, regulatory affairs, has been with Aduro since April 2013 and is responsible for all aspects of regulatory strategy, implementation and oversight of Aduro’s proprietary, partnered and licensed programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to Aduro, Ms. DeVries served as director of regulatory affairs for Intarcia Therapeutics where she managed key regulatory aspects of their drug delivery system, was the primary contact for regulatory authorities and responsible for all aspects of routine and specialized regulatory submissions including preparation for launch of four global Phase 3 studies. Before Intarcia, she held escalating regulatory affairs positions at VaxGen, InterMune and Tularik. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Celeste Ferber, vice president, associate general counsel, has been with Aduro since February 2016. Prior to Aduro, she was with Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she served as counsel in the capital markets group. Ms. Ferber has over 15 years of experience advising public and private companies on corporate and finance matters, including securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions and strategic transactions, corporate governance and securities law compliance. Before Shearman & Sterling, Ms. Ferber was counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP working in their Palo Alto, Hong Kong and San Diego offices. Ms. Ferber received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and her B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University. She is the author of numerous publications regarding legal matters.
Aduro Biotech, Inc. is an immunotherapy company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapies that transform the treatment of challenging diseases. Aduro’s technology platforms, which are designed to harness the body’s natural immune system, are being investigated in cancer indications and have the potential to expand into autoimmune and infectious diseases. Aduro’s LADD technology platform is based on proprietary attenuated strains of Listeria that have been engineered to express tumor-associated antigens to induce specific and targeted immune responses. This platform is being developed as a treatment for multiple indications, including mesothelioma, ovarian, lung and prostate cancers. Additionally, a personalized form of LADD, or pLADD, is being developed utilizing tumor neoantigens that are specific to an individual patient’s tumor. Aduro’s STING Pathway Activator platform is designed to activate the STING receptor in immune cells, resulting in a potent tumor-specific immune response. ADU-S100 is the first STING Pathway Activator compound to enter the clinic and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 study in patients with cutaneously accessible metastatic solid tumors or lymphomas. Aduro’s B-select monoclonal antibody platform includes a number of immune modulating assets in research and preclinical development. Aduro is collaborating with leading global pharmaceutical companies to expand its products and technology platforms. For more information, please visit www.aduro.com.
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