CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 06, 2022 -- Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVLO), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a new modality of orally delivered medicines, today announced the appointment of Jose-Carlos Gutiérrez-Ramos, Ph.D., and Tonya Williams, J.D., to its Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to welcome Jose-Carlos back to our Board. He is one of the world's preeminent drug discovery and immunology leaders, and has vast experience across both large pharmaceutical companies and as well as smaller biotechs,” said Simba Gill, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Evelo. “Tonya's experience in government affairs, corporate responsibility, and communications will be important as we move towards later stage development and delivering on our vision of providing safe, effective, oral, and accessible medicines to hundreds of millions of people around the world.”
About Jose-Carlos Gutiérrez-Ramos
Dr. Jose-Carlos Gutiérrez-Ramos brings extensive executive experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to Evelo. Dr. Gutiérrez is currently Chief Science Officer at Danaher. Prior to that role, he was Global Head of Global Drug Discovery at AbbVie. Dr. Gutierrez-Ramos previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Repertoire Immune Medicine and Chief Executive Officer and President of Synlogic. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gutierrez-Ramos held Executive R&D positions at Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Takeda. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Bicycle Therapeutics. Dr. Gutierrez-Ramos received a B.S. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his Ph.D. in immunochemistry from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
About Tonya Williams
Tonya Williams brings extensive public and private sector experience to Evelo. Ms. Williams is currently Head of External Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at SoftBank Group International, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an advisor to Hangar, a public sector investment firm. Ms. Williams previously worked in the White House as Director of Legislative Affairs for then-Vice President Joe Biden, and before that, as Chief of Staff to Congressman G.K. Butterfield in the U.S. House of Representatives. Earlier in her career, Ms. Williams served as Vice President for IP Policy at GlaxoSmithKline, Vice President for Policy & Communications at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and General Counsel to the President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate. Ms. Williams sits on several non-profit boards including the Board of Visitors at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Board of Trustees for the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, and the Board of Advisors for the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. Ms. Williams received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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 three product candidates in development: EDP1815, EDP1867, and EDP2939 for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Evelo is advancing additional product candidates in other disease areas.
Forward Looking Statements
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