WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Replimune Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPL), a clinical stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of a novel class of tumor-directed oncolytic immunotherapies (TDOIs), announced today the appointment of Christopher Sarchi as Replimune’s Chief Commercial Officer and the appointment of Sushil Patel, Ph.D., previously Replimune’s Chief Commercial Officer, to a newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.
“These leadership appointments provide broad strategic and operational commercial acumen as we ramp up our commercial planning ahead of the potential 2024 commercial launch of RP1,” said Philip Astley-Sparke, Chief Executive Officer of Replimune. “Chris led the launch of Libtayo in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) at Sanofi, and was also involved with the launch of Erivedge in basal cell carcinoma (BCC) when at Genentech. As such he has direct and relevant experience in both our lead indication and in related indications, which will be invaluable as we seek to establish a major skin cancer franchise with RP1. Sush will partner with Chris on our go-to-market strategy in the U.S. with RP1 and also in defining our commercialization strategy for the rest of the world. In addition, Sush will lead strategic planning and communications across our platform as we seek to address indications beyond skin cancers, including with RP2 and RP3 and those requiring deep injection techniques.”
Chris brings more than 28 years of oncology experience, including 9 new product launches/expansions covering multiple tumor types and settings while building strong relationships with oncology physicians, nurses and pharmacy leaders throughout the oncology market. Chris joins Replimune having recently served as Head of Commercial U.S. Oncology at Sanofi where he was responsible for several launches, including the launch of Libtayo® as a new standard of care treatment for CSCC. Prior to heading the U.S. commercial oncology team at Sanofi, Chris was Vice President and Business Unit Head, Oncology and Biosimilars, at Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc. after serving as a commercial leader within the oral oncolytic franchise at Roche/Genentech where he launched Erivedge® in basal cell carcinoma and coordinated internal co-promotion of Tarceva® and Avastin®. Chris began his career with GSK where he held several sales and marketing leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Chris received a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from the University of Maine.
Sush most recently served as Replimune’s Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining Replimune in 2021, Sushil served as Franchise Head in Global Product Strategy for Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where he was responsible for directing the company’s lung and skin cancer franchise with responsibility for multiple blockbuster drugs, generating in excess of $3.5 billion in annual global sales. Prior to his career in biotechnology, he worked as a strategic management consultant and at IMS Health in their Pharma Strategy Group. Sushil received a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology and a Master of Sciences in Biotechnology, both from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London.
Replimune Group, Inc., headquartered in Woburn, MA, was founded in 2015 with the mission to transform cancer treatment by pioneering the development of novel tumor-directed oncolytic immunotherapies. Replimune’s proprietary RPx platform is based on a potent HSV-1 backbone with payloads added to maximize immunogenic cell death and the induction of a systemic anti-tumor immune response. The RPx platform has a unique dual local and systemic mechanism of action (MOA) consisting of direct selective virus-mediated killing of the tumor resulting in the release of tumor derived antigens and altering of the tumor microenvironment (TME) to ignite a strong and durable systemic response. This MOA is expected to be synergistic with most established and experimental cancer treatment modalities, and, with an attractive safety profile the RPx platform has the versatility to be developed alone or combined with a variety of other treatment options. For more information, please visit www.replimune.com.
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