The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Appoints Seasoned Health Care Leader Frederic Pla as Chief Operating Officer
SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) announced today that Frederic Pla, Ph.D., has been named chief operating officer (COO). In this role, Pla will lead day-to-day operations and work with PICI's leadership team to establish comprehensive goals for performance, expansion and sustainable growth of the organization. He will have a sharp focus on business development to expand PICI's external partnerships, and will oversee PICI's business operations, legal, strategic alliances and communications areas.
"Frederic embodies all of the qualities we were looking for in a COO," said Sean Parker, PICI founder and chairman. "His operational expertise, deep industry knowledge and focus on revenue generation are the perfect complement to the esteemed scientific leadership we have in place. Frederic has a proven track record of building and launching global businesses for more than 25 years, and I look forward to seeing how PICI will thrive and evolve with his leadership."
The addition of the COO to PICI's current leadership team will be instrumental in supporting future growth and innovation. Pla will drive operational excellence to position PICI for future collaborations and revenue diversification, all to support PICI's goal to bring immunotherapy treatments from bench to bedside to market to benefit cancer patients across the globe.
"My passion and strengths are building high-impact organizations in health care technologies through innovative combinations of science, technologies and business models," said Pla. "I feel humbled and incredibly fortunate for the opportunity to become a part of PICI's vision, boldness and expertise as we take the institute to the next stage and continue to improve cancer care for all patients."
Pla has helped organizations navigate change and transformation as they grew both in size and revenue. He most recently served as COO at Genomic Health, a company that transformed care for early breast cancer patients. Under his leadership, the company implemented "Genomic Health 2.0," putting in place new operating processes, tools and workstreams to support its rapid growth. In 2019 Genomic Health served its one millionth patient, reaching over $450 million in revenue with more than 900 employees.
His previous experience also includes leadership roles at Life Technologies, GE Healthcare and NASA. He holds an engineering degree from the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, an M.S. in Sound and Vibration Studies from University of Southampton and a Ph.D. in Acoustics from Penn State University.
In another recent leadership transition, Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D., stepped down from his role as president and CEO. He remains committed to PICI's mission and has joined its board of directors as vice chairman and a member of the executive committee. PICI is actively looking for his replacement.
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