Cellaïon announces update to its Board of Directors: Dr. Fouzia LAGHRISSI-THODE joins the biotech as Member of the Board
Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, 29/03/2022: Cellaïon a Walloon biotechnology company developing Life saving advanced therapies to repair tissues and regenerate the liver today announced the following change to its Board of Directors. Highly experienced, Dr. Laghrissi-Thode has over 20 years of pharmaceutical industry leadership experience in the United States and Europe, in clinical development, global strategic marketing, business development, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions joined the Board of Director as an independent member, with effect immediate.
“Cellaïon is delighted to welcome Fouzia Laghrissi as an independent Board Member. Her large industrial expertise will booster the strategic development of Cellaïon and increase our international visibility for the next phases including commercialization and partnerships”, said Etienne Sokal, CEO and Board Director at Cellaïon.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, we welcome Dr. Laghrissi-Thode to Cellaïon. Fouzia’s extensive track record in the pharma and biotech sector will allow Cellaïon to effectively navigate its upcoming milestones and achieve both clinical and commercial success”, said Chris Buyse.
Chief Executive Officer of DalCor Pharmaceuticals since April 2018 and most recently, Dr. Laghrissi-Thode was Vice-President at AstraZeneca of the US Renal-Cardiology Therapeutic Area. In her previous roles she led the global product and portfolio strategy of the cardiovascular, metabolism and renal therapeutic areas at AstraZeneca and Roche. She was a board member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Europe and was recognized by HBA in 2012 for her work in developing and promoting women’s leadership in healthcare. From 1992 to 2014, she was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Laghrissi-Thode is certified in psychiatry and holds a doctorate in medicine from the School of Medicine of the University of Tours in France.
About Cellaïon SA
Cellaïon SA is a Belgium biotechnology company located in the Walloon region whose mission is to develop cell signaling technology that protects tissues against inflammation and allows organ rescue and regeneration. Our lead HepaStem® Signaling Cell product acts as shipping cargo to deliver powerful immunomodulatory signals to target tissues and restore immune balance. The liver is our first and most advanced target. We provide an end-to-end solution backed by our strong liver disease background, manufacturing expertise and supply chains necessary to deliver ready-to-use allogeneic signaling cell therapies to patients who need it. Currently in Phase IIB, HepaStem® offers a therapeutic solution for serious and life-threatening liver diseases and aims to provide an alternative solution to liver transplantation.
Cellaïon is committed to further strengthening its research and development capabilities, both through internal development activities, partnerships and possibly through strategic operations.
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