“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Agwunobi and Dr. Melton to our Board.
John’s experience in the government and payor realm will be invaluable
as we work to identify and create paths for access to one-time
transformative therapies. Doug’s deep scientific expertise in
regenerative medicine and stem cell biology will be critical as we
continue to innovate to deliver a pipeline of therapies for the long
“I’m excited to be joining the board of bluebird bio, a company with a singular focus on changing the lives of patients,” said Dr. Agwunobi. “In my career, I have had the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging issues in healthcare. I look forward to now working with bluebird as they strive to deliver on the hope of one-time transformative therapies for patients.”
“bluebird bio is leading the development of rare disease and cancer therapies derived from patients’ own cells, and is uniquely positioned to deliver on the scientific promise of gene therapy,” said Dr. Melton. “I’ve had the privilege to be part of several other companies breaking new ground in science, and I look forward to bringing that experience to bluebird as they continue their pioneering work.”
About bluebird bio, Inc.
With its lentiviral-based gene therapies, T cell immunotherapy expertise and gene editing capabilities, bluebird bio has built an integrated product platform with broad potential application to severe genetic diseases and cancer. bluebird bio’s gene therapy clinical programs include its Lenti-D™ product candidate, currently in a Phase 2/3 study, called the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, and its LentiGlobin™ product candidate, currently in four clinical studies for the treatment of transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia, and severe sickle cell disease. bluebird bio’s oncology pipeline is built upon the company’s leadership in lentiviral gene delivery and T cell engineering, with a focus on developing novel T cell-based immunotherapies, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR T) and T cell receptor (TCR) therapies. bluebird bio’s lead oncology program, bb2121, is an anti-BCMA CAR T program partnered with Celgene. bb2121 is currently being studied in a Phase 1 trial for the treatment of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.
bluebird bio also has discovery research programs utilizing megaTAL/homing endonuclease gene editing technologies with the potential for use across the company’s pipeline.
bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle,
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