Alaunos Therapeutics Appoints Abhishek Srivastava, Ph.D. as Vice President, Technical Operations

HOUSTON, Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alaunos Therapeutics, Inc. (“Alaunos” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TCRT), a clinical-stage oncology-focused cell therapy company, today announced the appointment of Abhishek Srivastava, Ph.D. as Vice President of Technical Operations. Dr. Srivastava will lead the Company’s manufacturing operations, including overseeing process optimization and capacity expansion.

“Abhi brings extensive experience in cell therapy technical operations, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team,” commented Kevin S. Boyle, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of Alaunos. “He joins Alaunos at an exciting time as we continue to advance development of our promising TCR T Library Phase 1/2 trial and early-stage programs based on our proprietary Sleeping Beauty technology. Abhi will add immediate value as we plan to expand our manufacturing capabilities and set Alaunos up for continued success.”

Dr. Srivastava brings more than 15 years of experience in cell therapy including manufacturing and process development in both industry and academia. He most recently served as Vice President, Cell Therapy Development at Athenex. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he led the process development and manufacturing of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) to support the development of adoptive T cell therapies. Dr. Srivastava has also served as a Research Investigator at the Biocon-Bristol Myers Squibb Research Center. He completed his postdoctoral training in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an institute of the National Institutes of Health and earned his Ph.D. in Immunology from The University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Abhishek Srivastava, Ph.D., Vice President of Technical Operations added “I am thrilled to join Alaunos at this exciting moment in its development. The Company’s approach targeting hotspot mutations in conjunction with its proprietary Sleeping Beauty technology holds the potential to transform the way we treat solid tumor cancers. I look forward to leading the charge as we scale up capacity and further optimize the Company’s manufacturing processes.”

About Alaunos Therapeutics
Alaunos is a clinical-stage oncology-focused cell therapy company, focused on developing T-cell receptor (TCR) therapies based on its proprietary, non-viral Sleeping Beauty gene transfer technology and its TCR library targeting shared tumor-specific hotspot mutations in key oncogenic genes including KRAS, TP53 and EGFR. The Company has clinical and strategic collaborations with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit www.alaunos.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer
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Investor Relations Contact:
Alex Lobo
Stern Investor Relations
alex.lobo@sternir.com


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