Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered antibodies and cytokines for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, today announced the appointment of Nancy Valente, M.D., to its board of directors. Dr. Valente has more than 20 years of experience in late-stage biopharmaceutical product development, and she most recently served as a senior vice president at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and as its global head and co-lead of global product development of its oncology and hematology therapeutic area.
“Dr. Valente is a recognized and accomplished biotechnology executive with broad expertise in late-stage oncology clinical development, and she served a critical role for numerous product launches. We are thrilled to welcome Nancy to our Board, and we look forward to working with her,” said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Xencor.
Concurrent with the appointment of Dr. Valente, Xencor’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Yujiro S. Hata, who had served as a director since 2015.
“We would like to thank Yujiro for his immense contributions to Xencor’s growth and his leadership in our business development and corporate partnership efforts, providing valuable guidance and oversight to a centerpiece of Xencor’s strategy to build a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company,” added Dr. Dahiyat.
In her most recent role at Genentech, Dr. Valente was responsible for setting the strategy for the oncology/hematology product development department, including clinical development, collaboration activities and budget management. She played a critical role in the development of new therapies for patients with serious illnesses, including the approvals of GAZYVA®, VENCLEXTA®, POLIVY® and HEMLIBRA®. Dr. Valente has held various positions with increasing responsibilities at Genentech and then at Roche after Genentech was acquired by Roche, including vice president for global product development for oncology, hematology franchise and senior group medical director, leader for hematology development. Prior to Genentech, she served in senior-level positions at Anosys, Inc. and Coulter Pharmaceutical, Inc., and earlier in her career, she held academic positions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Valente serves on the Boards of Directors of Myovant Sciences GmbH and Immatics N.V. Dr. Valente received her M.D. from the University of Missouri and completed her internal medicine training at Oregon Health & Science University, followed by fellowships in hematology at Stanford University and oncology at UCSF.
GAZYVA and POLIVY are registered trademarks of Genentech, Inc. HEMLIBRA is a registered trademark of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. VENCLEXTA is a registered trademark of AbbVie Inc.
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered antibodies and cytokines for the treatment of patients with cancer and autoimmune diseases. More than 20 candidates engineered with Xencor's XmAb® technology are in clinical development, and three XmAb medicines are marketed by partners. Xencor's XmAb engineering technology enables small changes to a protein's structure that result in new mechanisms of therapeutic action. For more information, please visit www.xencor.com.
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