Replimune Appoints Sushil Patel as New CEO

Replimune Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPL), a clinical stage biotechnology company, has announced significant changes to its executive leadership team, including the appointment of Sushil Patel, Ph.D., as the new CEO effective April 1, 2024. Patel, who previously served as the Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, brings over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry, with a track record of successful pre* and post-launch commercialization strategy and execution in both U.S. and global markets.

The company is preparing for the commercial launch of its oncolytic immunotherapy, RP1, and is on track to submit the RP1 biologics license application (BLA) in the second half of 2024 pending regulatory approval in anti-PD1 failed melanoma. Replimune is aiming to bring its first oncolytic immunotherapy to patients and is focused on strategic priorities, including the anti-PD1 failed melanoma data and subsequent BLA submission, as well as launching a confirmatory trial in melanoma.

In addition to Patel's appointment, there are several other key executive leadership changes within Replimune. Dr. Robert Coffin, the founder, president, and chief research & development officer, will transition to an advisory role as founder and chief scientist while continuing to serve on the board of directors. Paul Bullock is being appointed Chief Manufacturing Officer, assuming oversight of manufacturing and leading operations in Framingham and Milton Park in the United Kingdom following the retirement of Colin Love, Ph.D., Chief Operations Officer, and co-founder. Pamela Esposito, Ph.D., Chief Business Officer, and Tanya Lewis, Chief Development Operations Officer, will be leaving their executive positions and plan to continue to lend their functional expertise in an advisory capacity.

The company's leadership emphasized the contributions made by the departing executives and expressed confidence in the future under Patel's leadership. Replimune, headquartered in Woburn, MA, has been focused on transforming cancer treatment through the development of a novel portfolio of oncolytic immunotherapies based on its proprietary RPx platform. This platform is designed to maximize immunogenic cell death and induce a systemic anti-tumor immune response, with the potential to be synergistic with established and experimental cancer treatment modalities.

These leadership changes come at a critical juncture for Replimune as it prepares for the potential launch and commercialization of its oncolytic immunotherapy, marking a significant shift in its strategic direction and operational focus. Following these announcements, the company's shares moved -3.2%, and are now trading at a price of $7.79. For the full picture, make sure to review Replimune's 8-K report.

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