CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eterna Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ERNA) (“Eterna” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company using advanced cell engineering technology to develop transformational new medicines, today announced the appointment of Matt Angel, Ph.D. as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and President. Dr. Angel has served as Interim CEO and President of Eterna since May 2022 and will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors.
“The Board and I are delighted that Matt will serve as CEO and President in a permanent capacity, and we remain confident in his continued ability to lead Eterna as the company executes on its core strategy of advancing Eterna’s mRNA cell engineering platform,” said Charles Cherington, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eterna. “While Interim CEO and President, Matt has guided Eterna’s efforts to realize the full potential of this powerful suite of technologies.”
“I am thrilled to continue leading and serving Eterna as CEO and President, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished over the past six months,” said Matt Angel, Ph.D. “As we move into 2023, we believe that Eterna is uniquely positioned to deploy its extensive in-licensed patent portfolio covering key mRNA, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell and gene editing technologies. A top priority for 2023 will be to leverage our in-licensed patent portfolio to drive value creation for our stakeholders.”
Dr. Angel joined Eterna as Interim CEO and President in May 2022 and was appointed a member of the Board of Directors. He is an experienced biotechnology entrepreneur and executive with deep experience in intellectual property protection and licensing, contract negotiation, including collaboration and licensing agreements, and has raised more than $150 million through grants, equity financings, and M&A. A pioneer in mRNA technology, Dr. Angel is a prolific inventor with more than 100 patents covering mRNA, nucleic acid delivery, gene editing, and cell reprogramming technologies. In addition to his role at Eterna, Dr. Angel serves as Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Factor Bioscience Inc., and Co-Founder and Scientific Advisory Board Chair of Exacis Biotherapeutics. He previously served as Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Novellus Therapeutics, which was acquired by Eterna in 2021. Dr. Angel received his B.S.E. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eterna’s mission is to realize the potential of cell engineering to provide patients with transformational new medicines. The Company has in-licensed a portfolio of over 100 patents covering key cell engineering technologies, including what it believes are the most widely used methods for therapeutic gene editing currently in clinical development. For more information, please visit www.eternatx.com.
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