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Biotech Industry Veteran Joseph Bolen Joins Moderna Therapeutics to be President of Research and Development
Date:7/31/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Moderna Therapeutics, the pioneering company developing messenger RNA therapeutics™, a revolutionary new treatment modality to enable the in vivo production of therapeutic proteins, announced today that Joseph Bolen, Ph.D., joined Moderna as its president of research and development (R&D).

Dr. Bolen, the chief scientific officer and global head of oncology research at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company has served in senior leadership positions at Millennium since 1999. As the Millennium CSO and global head of research, Dr. Bolen has a proven track record of leading a large and multi-faceted international R&D organization while fostering a culture of scientific innovation within a global commercial-stage company. He has more than 30 years of industry and research experience and has been at the forefront of cancer and immunology research since starting his career as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"Messenger RNA therapeutics™ promises to vastly expand the number of diseases we can treat and usher in an entirely new era of drug discovery and development," said Stephane Bancel, president and founding CEO of Moderna. "To advance our internal programs in genetic rare diseases and oncology and support partners in many additional therapeutic areas, we are building an R&D organization that is second to none. Joe's deep scientific knowledge and strong vision will help us to create a culture and a structure that can move rapidly to turn scientific innovation into therapies that make a true difference for patients. I am very happy and honored to partner with such an accomplished and thoughtful scientific leader and drug hunter as Joe to build a very special company for patients and our team."

Dr. Bolen will oversee all aspects of R&D at Moderna, including dis
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