Disc Medicine Strengthens Leadership Team with Appointment of Seasoned Industry Executive Jean Franchi as Chief Financial Officer, and Promotion of Jonathan Yu to Chief Operating Officer
WATERTOWN, Mass., Feb. 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Disc Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRON), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel treatments for patients suffering from serious hematologic diseases, today announced the appointment of Jean Franchi as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Franchi will be responsible for finance, investor relations, and other functions and will lead the company’s capital formation and financial strategy. She succeeds Joanne Bryce, who will transition to a consulting role with the company.
“We are excited to welcome an executive of Jean’s caliber and depth of experience to the Disc team, and I’m delighted to announce the promotion of a key executive, Jonathan Yu, to Chief Operating Officer,” said John Quisel, J.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Disc. “We have multiple, important data read-outs for all three programs in 2024, and as we enter late-stage development and begin planning for commercialization, Jean’s experience with successfully scaling organizations, including those focused on rare diseases, will be directly relevant. On behalf of myself and the entire Disc team, I would also like to express my gratitude to Joanne for her leadership and years of service and wish her all the best on her next endeavor.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Disc at such an exciting moment in its evolution. The team has built a unique company with a strong foundation and pipeline with enormous potential,” said Ms. Franchi. “I look forward to working together with the talented and passionate people at Disc to build a sustainable, leading hematology business.”
Ms. Franchi is an experienced CFO with over 30 years of finance leadership expertise at both public and private biotechnology companies of varying sizes across all stages of development. Most recently, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Replimune where she helped raise over $750 million across multiple financings and non-dilutive debt, supporting significant expansion while providing optionality in future capital formation for Replimune’s portfolio. Prior to Replimune, Ms. Franchi served as Chief Financial Officer for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Dimension Therapeutics, which was acquired by Ultragenyx, and Good Start Genetics. Ms. Franchi spent 16 years at Genzyme advancing within the organization duing its most rapid phase of growth. Ms. Franchi spent eight years at Genzyme as the Senior Vice President of Finance for all nine business units and then Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance working alongside the Chief Financial Officer and playing an important role in the approximately $20.1 billion sale to Sanofi. Ms. Franchi holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University.
In connection with Ms. Franchi’s appointment, Disc granted to Ms. Franchi an inducement equity award outside of Disc’s Amended and Restated 2021 Stock Option and Incentive Plan in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4), comprised of (i) an option to purchase 55,000 shares (the “Option Award”) of Disc common stock (“Common Stock”), at an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Common Stock on the date of grant, and (ii) a restricted stock unit award for 36,666 shares of Common Stock (the “RSU Award” and, together with the Option Award, the “Inducement Award”). The Option Award shall vest 25% on the first anniversary of Ms. Franchi’s start date, with the remainder vesting in 36 equal monthly installments thereafter. The RSU award shall vest in equal installments on each of the first, second, third, and fourth anniversaries of the vesting date set by Disc’s company vesting policy. The Inducement Award was approved by Disc’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), including a majority of the independent directors serving on the Board.
About Disc Medicine
Disc Medicine (NASDAQ:IRON) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing, and commercializing novel treatments for patients who suffer from serious hematologic diseases. We are building a portfolio of innovative, potentially first-in-class therapeutic candidates that aim to address a wide spectrum of hematologic diseases by targeting fundamental biological pathways of red blood cell biology, specifically heme biosynthesis and iron homeostasis. For more information, please visit www.discmedicine.com.
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