Invivyd Appoints Robert Allen as Chief Scientific Officer and Stacy Price as Chief Technology and Manufacturing Officer
WALTHAM, Mass., April 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Invivyd, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVVD), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company on a mission to protect the vulnerable from serious viral infectious diseases, today announced the appointment of Robert Allen as chief scientific officer, and Stacy Price as chief technology and manufacturing officer.
In his new role, Dr. Allen will oversee the scientific direction of the company and has responsibility for supporting the discovery of therapies across Invivyd’s pipeline. Dr. Allen brings more than 30 years of experience across the infectious disease space. Prior to joining Invivyd, he served as the chief scientific officer of SmartPharm Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Sorrento Therapeutics, where he led efforts to develop gene-encoded monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for COVID-19 that could be quickly adapted to respond to emerging variants of concern. Prior to his time at SmartPharm Therapeutics, he held multiple senior scientific roles across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including Sorrento Therapeutics, SIGA Technologies, and the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute. Dr. Allen earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from Columbia University, a M.S. in applied biology from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in biology from Rhodes College. He has published extensively in the field of virology and completed his postdoctoral training in virology at Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University.
“Robbie’s deep experience in infectious disease and his scientific expertise in monoclonal antibodies are an excellent fit with the Invivyd team,” said David Hering, chief executive officer of Invivyd. “As our new CSO, Robbie will be an integral member of the leadership team, leading our work to identify and engineer a pipeline of antibodies designed to keep pace with viral evolution. He is critical to ensuring Invivyd delivers on the promise of our platform and pipeline.”
Stacy Price joined Invivyd in March 2023 as chief technology and manufacturing officer, bringing 30 years of experience in commercial and clinical biotechnology operations management to her new role. In this position, she will lead the chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) programs and technical operations functions to hone the processes that are the foundation of Invivyd’s programs. Prior to joining Invivyd, Ms. Price was the chief technical officer at Akouos, and the senior vice president of technical operations at Ziopharm Oncology where she established and led the development and manufacturing capabilities and functions. Prior to Ziopharm she held multiple operations leadership roles of increasing responsibility, delivering strategic and innovative solutions at Shire, TKT and Serono. She earned a M.S. in biochemical engineering and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tufts University. Ms. Price succeeds Dr. Rebecca Dabora, Invivyd’s former chief technology and manufacturing officer, who has transitioned into a consulting role with Invivyd.
“Stacy is a proven technology leader with a distinguished track record of innovation and operations management within the pharmaceutical industry,” said Mr. Hering. “She is an outstanding addition to our team and has the technical depth, experience and skills to maximize the impact and effectiveness of Invivyd’s powerful platform approach, which we believe will ultimately provide people who are immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable with superior protection from viral diseases, starting with COVID-19.”
Mr. Hering continued, “As Stacy joins us to lead our technology and manufacturing initiatives into the future, I’d like to take a moment to thank Becky for her tremendous contributions to our organization. Her relentless commitment to speed and innovative approaches in manufacturing have positioned Invivyd well as we work to advance VYD222 and a stream of candidates for SARS-CoV-2."
Invivyd, Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company on a mission to rapidly and perpetually deliver antibody-based therapies that protect vulnerable people from the devastating consequences of circulating viral threats, beginning with SARS-CoV-2. Invivyd’s technology works at the intersection of evolutionary virology, predictive modeling, and antibody engineering, and is designed to identify high-quality, long-lasting antibodies with a high barrier to viral escape. The company is generating a robust pipeline of product candidates which could be used in prevention or treatment of serious viral diseases, starting with COVID-19 and expanding into influenza and other high-need indications. Visit https://invivyd.com/ to learn more.
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