Editas Medicine Strengthens Executive Leadership Team with Appointment of Caren Deardorf as Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDIT), a clinical-stage genome editing company, today announced the appointment of Caren Deardorf as the Company’s first Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer. Ms. Deardorf will build and lead Editas Medicine’s commercial organization, strategy, and execution to support all launch, commercialization, and lifecycle management activities of the Company’s current and future pipeline of products.
“As we drive our lead program EDIT-301 towards commercialization, I am happy to welcome a commercial leader of Caren’s caliber to Editas. Caren has a proven ability to translate early discovery and clinical assets into robust business strategy with disciplined portfolio prioritization and value creation. Additionally, she has led multiple successful US and global product launches. Caren’s expertise and track record make her the ideal leader to help Editas reach this goal for patients,” said Gilmore O’Neill, M.B., M.M.Sc., President and Chief Executive Officer, Editas Medicine.
Ms. Deardorf added, “With a clear focus on bringing EDIT-301 into the market for people living with sickle cell disease, ‘right now’ is the optimal time for Editas to build a commercial team and strategy. I look forward to driving the business forward alongside this strong Leadership Team as we bring EDIT-301 – and future pipeline medicines – through the clinic to commercialization.”
Caren Deardorf brings to Editas more than 25 years of international biotechnology leadership across a range of companies and therapeutic areas. Most recently, Ms. Deardorf served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Magenta Therapeutics. Prior to Magenta, she served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Ohana Biosciences where she was responsible for developing a commercial strategy, including planning for the company’s first product launch.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Deardorf held a variety of commercial roles of increasing responsibility at Biogen, most recently serving as Vice President, Product Development & Commercialization, leading and executing a highly successful global launch of SPINRAZA®, a treatment for children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy. During her tenure at Biogen, Ms. Deardorf was instrumental in building the multiple sclerosis (MS) franchise and helping to esablish Biogen’s global leadership through US and worldwide brand management, including leading the brand and launch strategy for TECFIDERA® and the successful US and EU launches of TYSABRI® and AVONEX®.
Ms. Deardorf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Ms. Deardorf serves on the Boards of Directors for Crinetics Pharmaceuticals and for NeuroSense Therapeutics. She is also a board member for the Pan-Mass Challenge, a non-profit organization that raises funds for Dana-Farber Center Institute.
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