SpringWorks Therapeutics Appoints Dr. Mike Burgess as Head of Research and Development
STAMFORD, Conn., May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SpringWorks Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing life-changing medicines for patients with severe rare diseases and cancer, announced today that Mike Burgess, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D. has been appointed Head of Research and Development (R&D). Dr. Burgess is a physician-scientist with clinical experience in pediatrics and pediatric oncology and over 20 years of pharmaceutical industry R&D leadership experience across several therapeutic areas, including oncology. Dr. Burgess will lead the R&D organization as the company continues to advance its diversified targeted oncology pipeline and to expand its portfolio with additional oncology programs. He succeeds Stephen Squinto, Ph.D., who served as Acting Head of R&D since the company’s launch in 2017. Dr. Squinto will continue to serve on the SpringWorks Board of Directors.
“At SpringWorks, we are driven to execute on our ambitious plans to provide oncology patients with transformative new therapies, and our portfolio of programs is continuing to mature and expand in service of that goal,” said Saqib Islam, Chief Executive Officer. “Mike is a strong R&D leader with deep experience in oncology and a track record of excellence across all stages of preclinical and clinical development, culminating in multiple approvals of new cancer medicines under his leadership. I am delighted to welcome Mike to SpringWorks and look forward to the scientific, clinical and leadership excellence he will bring to our already strong team as we continue to build a world-class oncology company on behalf of a broad range of cancer patients.”
“I am excited to be joining SpringWorks at such a seminal time as the company advances a diversified pipeline that is maturing across rare oncology indications, multiple myeloma and metastatic solid tumors,” said Dr. Burgess. “There is a significant opportunity ahead of us to accelerate and expand these efforts, including through the buildout of additional preclinical and clinical R&D capabilities within the organization. I look forward to working with the team to further our mission of developing life-changing medicines for people with cancer.”
Dr. Burgess brings to SpringWorks over 20 years of experience building and leading R&D teams in oncology. He joins SpringWorks from Turnstone Biologics, where he was President of R&D and led the buildout of a leading cancer immunotherapy R&D organization. Prior to Turnstone, Dr. Burgess led the strategy and execution of translational medicine, early-stage clinical trials and clinical pharmacology across all therapeutic areas, including oncology, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Before that, he held several different senior leadership positions at Hoffmann La-Roche, including Acting Global Head of Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) and Senior Vice President and Global Head of Oncology Research and Early Development. Prior to Roche, Dr. Burgess was with Eli Lilly and Company, where he worked on early-stage oncology trials. Dr. Burgess received his medical degree (M.B.Ch.B.) and Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Bristol, UK and spent 10 years as a practicing physician in pediatrics and pediatric oncology.
About SpringWorks Therapeutics
SpringWorks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company applying a precision medicine approach to acquiring, developing and commercializing life-changing medicines for underserved patient populations suffering from devastating rare diseases and cancer. SpringWorks has a differentiated portfolio of small molecule targeted oncology product candidates and is advancing two potentially registrational clinical trials in rare tumor types, as well as several other programs addressing highly prevalent, genetically defined cancers. SpringWorks’ strategic approach and operational excellence in clinical development have enabled it to rapidly advance its two lead product candidates into late-stage clinical trials while simultaneously entering into multiple shared-value partnerships with industry leaders to expand its portfolio. For more information, visit www.springworkstx.com and follow @SpringWorksTx on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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