Foghorn Therapeutics Announces Chief Medical Officer Succession

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foghorn Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: FHTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering a new class of medicines that treat serious disease by correcting abnormal gene expression, today announced that Alfonso Quintás-Cardama, M.D., will join the company as Chief Medical Officer, on September 11, 2023. Foghorn’s current Chief Medical Officer, Sam Agresta, M.D., will simultaneously retire from the company on September 11, 2023, and will provide consulting services through early January 2024.

“I want to thank Sam for his leadership and many contributions to Foghorn over the past four years. He joined the company at a critical time and built our clinical team which advanced our first programs to the clinic,” said Adrian Gottschalk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foghorn. “Sam has been a valued partner to me and the entire organization, and his unwavering focus on our mission to serve patients has been inspiring not just to me, but to all of us.”

Gottschalk continued, “We are excited to welcome Alfonso to the Foghorn team. Alfonso’s experience and expertise in oncology and as a leukemia expert will be integral to our plans as we continue to advance our pipeline and develop medicines for patients.”

Dr. Quintás-Cardama most recently was the Chief Medical Officer at TCR2 since 2017, where he led the development of the company’s cell therapy platform. Dr. Quintás-Cardama’s prior experience includes a role as the head of clinical development for cell therapies at GSK, where he was instrumental in building GSK’s cell therapies unit, and as the global clinical leader at Novartis from 2014 to 2016, where he led the development of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah™, CTL019), the first FDA-approved CAR-T cell therapy. Dr. Quintás-Cardama was previously a faculty member of the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2009 to 2014, where he developed multiple FDA-approved targeted agents for the treatment of myeloid malignancies.

“As a leader in understanding and drugging chromatin biology, Foghorn is uniquely positioned to develop the next class of cancer medicines,” said Dr. Quintás-Cardama. “I am excited to join Foghorn given the company’s broad pipeline coupled with a platform that has enabled the drugging of some of the most compelling targets in cancer. I am looking forward to being part of the Foghorn journey as the company continues to address unmet needs in cancer and brings potential therapies to people who need it the most.”

About Foghorn Therapeutics

Foghorn® Therapeutics is discovering and developing a novel class of medicines targeting genetically determined dependencies within the chromatin regulatory system. Through its proprietary scalable Gene Traffic Control® platform, Foghorn is systematically studying, identifying and validating potential drug targets within the chromatin regulatory system. The Company is developing multiple product candidates in oncology. Visit our website at for more information on the company, and follow us on X (formally Twitter) and LinkedIn.

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