CRISPR Announces The Appointment Of Jon Terrett, Ph.D. To Head Of Immuno-Oncology Research And Translation

• Experienced leader with extensive experience in immuno-oncology

• Dedicated unit in immuno-oncology to accelerate efforts

BASEL, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRISPR Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, today announced the appointment of Jon Terrett, Ph.D. as Head of Immuno-Oncology Research and Translation. Dr. Terrett brings to CRISPR Therapeutics an impressive track record for discovering and progressing a number of immuno-oncology drug candidates into the clinic.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Terrett join CRISPR to head up our immuno-oncology efforts,” commented Rodger Novak, CEO of CRISPR Therapeutics. “Given the potential of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in immuno-oncology, we have created a dedicated unit to accelerate our discovery and development efforts. We are excited about our progress to date and with the leadership of Dr. Terrett, we look forward to rapidly advancing our lead pre-clinical candidates to the clinic.”

Prior to joining CRISPR Therapeutics, Dr. Terrett was the Vice President of oncology discovery for CytomX, a U.S.-based biotechnology company focused on developing drugs to treat different types of cancer. In addition, Dr. Terrett has held various R&D leadership roles in biopharma, including serving as the Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford Biotherapeutics, and as a director at various biotechnology companies including Medarex, CellTech and Oxford Glycosciences. Dr. Terrett earned a B.S. in genetics at the University of Sheffield and a doctorate in genetics at the University of Nottingham.

About CRISPR Therapeutics

CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene-editing company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR / Cas9 gene-editing platform. CRISPR / Cas9 is a revolutionary technology that allows for precise, directed changes to genomic DNA. The company's multi-disciplinary team of world-class researchers and drug developers is working to translate this technology into breakthrough human therapeutics in a number of serious diseases. Additionally, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic collaborations with Bayer AG and Vertex Pharmaceuticals to develop CRISPR-based therapeutics in diseases with high unmet need. The foundational CRISPR / Cas9 patent estate for human therapeutic use was licensed from the company's scientific founder Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D. CRISPR Therapeutics is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with its R&D operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

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