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Co-Founder Gavin MacBeath, Ph.D. Joins Merrimack Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Director and the Head of Translational Research
Date:5/26/2010

Gavin MacBeath, Ph.D., will be responsible for leading the MM-121 research team through Development and creating the Company’s general strategy for predictive medicine.

(PRWEB) May 26, 2010 -- Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for cancer and inflammation, today announced that Gavin MacBeath, Ph.D., one of the Company’s six founders, has been hired as a Senior Director and the Head of Translational Research.

“Gavin joining Merrimack underscores the pivotal next step of our vision to extend Network Biology beyond discovery research and apply it to clinical development of drugs. We believe translational science anchored in Network Biology is a key recipe for developing next generation drugs as we better characterize the underlying tumor biology for the patients we are treating,” says Clet Niyikiza, Ph.D., Merrimack’s Senior Vice President of Development.

Since Merrimack was founded in 2000, Dr. MacBeath has served on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, where he has focused on developing technology that facilitates basic research in the area of systems biology. In this new position, Dr. MacBeath will be responsible for leading the MM-121 research team through Development and creating the Company’s general strategy for predictive medicine.

“Merrimack provides the resources and environment needed to address what I believe is the biggest challenge in biomedical research for the twenty-first century - the problem of matching patients to therapies” said Dr. MacBeath. “Research and development at Merrimack over the coming years will determine how imp
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