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Hyam Levitsky Joins Roche as Head of Cancer Immunology Experimental Medicine
Date:10/17/2011

NUTLEY, N.J., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche is pleased to announce the appointment of Hyam Levitsky, MD, as Head of Cancer Immunology Experimental Medicine, effective September 1. Levitsky joined Roche from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he has been Professor of Oncology, Medicine and Urology and an active staff member in Oncology and Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2002.

In this new role, within the Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) organization, Levitsky will be responsible for guiding research and early development programs focused on the immunotherapy of cancer, overseeing experimental medicine studies and projects in collaboration with internal or external partners. He will also be involved in the selection and validation of targets and clinical candidate selection as well as establishing strong alliances and partnerships with leading research and academic institutions. As part of this effort, he will continue to hold an academic appointment at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center where he will maintain his ongoing research program.

"Hy is recognized in the cancer immunotherapy community for his many contributions that include basic discoveries in antigen processing and presentation, T cell tolerance, lymphocyte homeostasis, vaccine development, and novel molecular imaging of anti-tumor immunity," said Michael Burgess, MD, PhD, Global Head, Oncology Discovery and Translational Area. "With his extensive and wide-ranging academic and medical research background, we believe he is uniquely qualified to bring new and different perspectives to the pRED Oncology organization and look forward to utilizing his expertise to develop differentiated cancer medicines that are beneficial for patients and healthcare providers."

"The time has never been better to see the advances in our understanding of the immune response to cancer translate into effective new treatments for
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