MONT-SAINT-GUIBERT, Belgium, March 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celyad Oncology (Euronext & Nasdaq: CYAD) (the “Company”), a biotechnology company focused on innovative technologies for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies, is pleased to announce Georges Rawadi as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective as of March 23, 2023, with starting date April 17, 2023. Michel Lussier will continue to serve as Interim CEO until April 17 to facilitate transition.
Georges Rawadi is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in pharma/biotech, as research director, business developer, CEO and board member. He spent four years at Celyad Oncology (2014-2018) as Vice-President Business Development & Intellectual Property (“BD & IP”), and has insightful knowledge of both the company and the CAR-T space. Georges Rawadi has a genuine passion for seeking and creating new business opportunities.
Georges Rawadi currently holds a number of Board positions and consultancy roles in the biotechnology industry. Recently, he has served as CEO and Board member of Ysopia Bioscience (France), Vice-President BD & IP of Celyad Oncology and Vice-President Business Development of Cellectis (France - Nasdaq listed company).
Georges Rawadi holds a Master Degree in Biochemistry, a Master Degree in Microanalysis, a Ph.D. in Microbiology and an Executive Master in Management and Strategy in the Health Industry.
Hilde Windels, Chair of the Board, commented: “It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that Georges has been appointed as our new CEO. His in-depth expertise in the CAR-T space and his significant BD and IP expertise are great assets that will help Celyad Oncology to excel in its next phase of growth. We congratulate Georges and wish him all the best in his new role.”
Georges Rawadi added: “I am passionate about the space in which Celyad Oncology is operating and strongly believe in the value of its IP estate and efforts to overcome the current limitations of CAR-T approaches. As such, I am very pleased to be given the opportunity to join Celyad Oncology. I look forward to working with the team and the board, whose passion and vision I share.”
Michel Lussier, Interim CEO and member of the Board, commented: “We are convinced that Georges’s solid business development track record and immuno-oncology in-depth knowledge will make Georges a great leader for Celyad Oncology. We look forward to work with Georges in monetizing our IP and research assets, ensuring that Celyad Oncology can make an impact on a global scale.”
About Celyad Oncology
Celyad Oncology is a biotechnology company focused on innovative technologies chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies. The Company is focusing on opportunities to fully harness the true potential of its proprietary technology platforms and intellectual property and support the development of next-generation CAR T candidates in solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Celyad Oncology is based in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium and New York, NY. For more information, please visit www.celyad.com.
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