Talaris Therapeutics Announces Changes to Board of Directors
BOSTON and LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talaris Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TALS), a late-clinical stage cell therapy company developing therapies with the potential to transform the standard of care in solid organ transplantation and severe immune and blood disorders, today announced the appointment of independent director Karen Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, LLM to the Company’s Board of Directors.
“Karen’s long track record of developing and commercializing novel therapies and her wide-ranging industry experience make her a valuable addition to our Board of Directors,” said Francois Nader, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Talaris. “I am pleased to welcome her to the team and I look forward to partnering with her to shape the future development of Talaris’ potentially transformative therapies.”
Dr. Smith joins the Talaris team with over 20 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience overseeing more than 50 clinical trials and more than 20 regulatory approvals leading to global product launches of small molecules, biologics and devices. Dr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Novosteo, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc., Capstan Therapeutics and Antares Pharma, Inc. Dr. Smith received a B.App.Sc. in biotechnology and a B.Sc. in hematology from Curtin University of Technology, an M.D. from the University of Warwick, her Ph.D. in oncology molecular genetics from the University of Western Australia, an MBA from the University of New England in Australia, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in health law from the University of Salford.
Talaris also announced that Nicholas Galakatos, Ph.D., has retired from its Board. Dr. Galakatos is Global Head of Life Sciences at Blackstone and has served as a board member of Talaris since 2018.
“Nick has been a steadfast supporter of Talaris over the years, and always generous with his time and expertise,” said Scott Requadt, Chief Executive Officer of Talaris. “I am grateful for his contributions and advice and wish him well as he focuses on the next generation of Blackstone Life Sciences portfolio companies.”
About Talaris Therapeutics
Talaris Therapeutics, Inc. is a late-clinical stage cell therapy company developing therapies with the potential to transform the standard of care in solid organ transplantation and severe immune and blood disorders. Talaris maintains corporate offices in Boston, MA, its cell processing facility in Louisville, KY, and additional research operations in Houston, TX.
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