Jasper Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Ronald Martell as Chief Executive Officer
William Lis to Continue as Chairman, Board of Directors
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jasper Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JSPR), a biotechnology company focused on hematopoietic cell transplant therapies, today announced the appointment of Ronald Martell as the company’s Chief Executive Officer effective March 15, 2022.
"Ron is an experienced CEO with a proven track record of leading public biopharmaceutical companies in all phases of development, and we are pleased to welcome him as the Jasper CEO to lead the company through the next stage of growth and success,” said Bill Lis, Chairman of Jasper Therapeutics. "Ron brings to Jasper a depth of experience in oncology and cell therapy development and commercialization, as well as deep relationships across the industry. His leadership will allow Jasper to maximize the potential of our clinical stage targeted conditioning program, as well as our research stage novel cellular therapeutics pipeline."
“Jasper’s JSP191 and mRNA engineered stem cell graft programs have the potential to transform multiple diseases by providing safer and more effective stem cell transplant,” said Mr. Martell. “I am particularly impressed by recent Phase 1b data in MDS/AML showing that JSP191 is well- tolerated with no treatment-related severe adverse events and achieved 100% successful engraftment with clearance of all diseased cells in 12 of 15 patients. I believe that JSP191 can become part of standard of care conditioning regimens across allogeneic and gene therapy stem cell transplants. With a robust pipeline and solid balance sheet in place, I look forward to building on Jasper’s momentum and advancing our pipeline to the next phases of development.”
Mr. Martell is a veteran biopharmaceutical executive and serial entrepreneur, having founded five companies and served on the boards of directors of several others. Prior to joining Jasper, Mr. Martell served as the President and CEO of MorphImmune, Inc., a private platform company advancing a highly specific targeting technology that uses a ligand-linked payload to reprogram the immune system. Previously, he was President and CEO of Nuvelution Pharma. He was also Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Indapta, Orca Bio and Co-Founder and CEO of Achieve Life Sciences, where he led the merger of the company with Oncogenex. Mr. Martell has served as the CEO of three public biopharmaceutical companies, including Sevion and NeurogesX, and has overseen billions of dollars in industry transactions. Earlier in his career, Martell served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at ImClone Systems, where he was instrumental in deals with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck KGaA and built ImClone Systems' worldwide operations to market and commercialize Erbitux®. He also served in various leadership positions with Genentech where, as Group Manager, Oncology, he was responsible for building the company's oncology franchise, including the launch of Herceptin® and Rituxan®.
About Jasper Therapeutics
Jasper Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel curative therapies based on the biology of the hematopoietic stem cell. The company is advancing two potentially groundbreaking programs. JSP191, an anti-CD117 monoclonal antibody, is in clinical development as a conditioning agent that clears hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow in patients undergoing a hematopoietic cell transplantation. It is designed to enable safer and more effective curative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplants and gene therapies. In parallel, Jasper Therapeutics is advancing its preclinical mRNA engineered hematopoietic stem cell (eHSC) platform, which is designed to overcome key limitations of allogeneic and autologous gene-edited stem cell grafts. Both innovative programs have the potential to transform the field and expand hematopoietic stem cell therapy cures to a greater number of patients with life-threatening cancers, genetic diseases and autoimmune diseases than is possible today. For more information, please visit us at jaspertherapeutics.com.
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John Mullaly (investors)
Jeet Mahal (investors)