Vor Bio Appoints Eyal C. Attar, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vor Bio (Nasdaq: VOR), a clinical-stage cell and genome engineering company, today announced that Eyal C. Attar, M.D., has joined Vor Bio as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Attar brings more than 20 years of demonstrated clinical experience to the position, with previous roles as a clinician, bench researcher and clinical developer of treatments for hematologic malignancies.
“This is a time of tremendous momentum for Vor Bio with initial data expected later this year for our ongoing clinical trial of VOR33, and as we work towards our IND submission for VCAR33ALLO in the first half of next year,” said Dr. Robert Ang, Vor Bio’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Vor will greatly benefit from Eyal’s breadth and depth of clinical development experience in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) which spans from first-in-human studies through marketing authorization. Eyal also brings a demonstrated ability to execute clinical trials from start to finish in a collaborative team environment. We look forward to working with him as we continue to achieve our ambitious clinical goals and milestones.”
Dr. Attar most recently served as senior vice president and CMO for Aprea Therapeutics. In this role, he led development of Aprea’s lead programs, including overseeing clinical development, pharmacovigilance and regulatory filings. Dr. Attar worked closely on APR-246 (eprenetapopt), a cancer therapeutic pursuing indications including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), AML, and various solid tumors. Before Aprea, he held multiple positions in clinical development at Agios Pharmaceuticals, including Senior Medical Director and IDH Hematology Medical Lead, where he worked on various solid tumor and hematologic malignancy programs and contributed to the successful filing of multiple INDs. Dr. Attar has played a leadership role in all aspects of clinical development from Pre-IND through to marketing authorization for several products to treat patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory AML. Dr. Attar was previously an attending hematologist/oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital focusing on leukemia, MDS, and other hematologic malignancies affecting the bone marrow and completed fellowship training at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Attar received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
“I am very excited to join the team at Vor Bio. Having worked with patients with AML, and with some of the innovative therapies being developed to treat this disease, I see incredible potential in Vor’s novel cell & genome engineering approach,” said Dr. Attar. “I look forward to working with the entire team on this exciting journey to potentially transform outcomes for patients with blood cancers.”
About Vor Bio
Vor Bio is a clinical-stage cell and genome engineering company that aims to change the standard of care for patients with blood cancers by engineering hematopoietic stem cells to enable targeted therapies post-transplant. For more information, visit: www.vorbio.com.
Inducement Equity Award
In connection with this appointment, Vor Bio granted Dr. Attar an inducement equity award in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4). The grant, which is outside the Vor Bio 2021 Equity Incentive Plan, was approved by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors, as an inducement material to Dr. Attar entering into employment with Vor Bio. The grant to Dr. Attar consists of incentive stock options to purchase 364,000 shares of common stock of Vor Bio, $0.0001 par value per share (Common Stock), with a term of not more than 10 years and an exercise price equal to $3.77 per share, the closing price of shares of Common Stock on the grant date. 1/4th of the shares underlying the options vest on October 11, 2023, with the remainder vesting in equal monthly installments over 3 years, subject to Dr. Attar’s continued service as of each such date.
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