CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 21, 2022 -- Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVLO), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a new modality of orally delivered medicines, today announced that John Maraganore, Ph.D., founder and longtime former CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and Tassos Gianakakos, the longtime former CEO of MyoKardia, have joined Evelo as strategic advisors.
“We are thrilled to welcome both John and Tassos as strategic advisors to Evelo,” said Simba Gill, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Evelo. “John and Tassos’ long and remarkable track records in building pioneering platform companies and innovative treatments will hold us in good stead as we continue to execute on our vision.”
About John Maraganore
Dr. John Maraganore served as the founding CEO and a Director of Alnylam from 2002 to 2021, where he built and led the company from early platform research on RNA interference through global approval and commercialization of the first four RNAi therapeutic medicines. Before his time with Alnylam, John’s long career in biotech included serving in leadership roles across research, development and other areas at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. Dr. Maraganore received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago.
About Tassos Gianakakos
Tassos Gianakakos served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer of MyoKardia, a company focused on developing innovative therapeutics to treat genetic heart disease, until MyoKardia’s 2020 acquisition by Bristol Myers Squibb. During his time, MyoKardia developed several targeted cardiovascular medicines, including mavacamten for the treatment of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (“HCM”). Prior to MyoKardia, his extensive experience included leadership roles at MAP Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Allergan), Codexis Inc. and Maxygen. Mr. Gianakakos holds B.Sc. degrees in chemical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.Sc. in biotechnology from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
About Evelo Biosciences
Evelo Biosciences is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing orally delivered product candidates that are designed to act on the small intestinal axis, SINTAX™, with systemic therapeutic effects. SINTAX plays a central role in governing the immune, metabolic, and neurological systems. The Company’s first product candidates are pharmaceutical preparations of single strains of microbes selected for the potential to offer defined pharmacological properties. Evelo’s therapies have the potential to be effective, safe, and affordable medicines to improve the lives of people with inflammatory diseases.
Evelo currently has two product candidates in development: EDP1815 and EDP2939 for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Evelo is advancing additional product candidates in other disease areas.
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