SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic CAR T (AlloCAR T™) products for cancer, today announced that Earl Douglas has been appointed as General Counsel. Mr. Douglas will oversee all aspects of the Company’s legal function and serve as a member of the Leadership Team.
“We are excited to welcome Earl who brings a tenure of experience guiding publicly-traded biotech companies on complex legal issues, corporate strategy and transactions,” said David Chang, M.D., Ph.D., President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Allogene. “I also want to thank Lillian Smith, our interim General Counsel, for her exceptional leadership and invaluable contributions as we conducted this search. Her ongoing partnership with Earl will ensure that our skilled legal group continues to thrive as we move toward our goal of a BLA submission for ALLO-501A, our lead AlloCAR T™ product candidate.”
Douglas has had a distinguished legal and compliance career serving as counsel for publicly-traded biotech and medical device companies as well as start-ups for more than 35 years. He has advised management and boards on a wide range of legal and strategic matters, including corporate governance, SEC filings, commercial transactions, intellectual property strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, litigation, and compliance programs.
“I was drawn to Allogene for its deep commitment to scientific innovation, experience and leadership,” said Douglas. “Following several industry-first milestones achieved this year, it became evident to me that this is a company where my skills could add tremendous value as it progresses on its path to democratize CAR T access.”
Prior to Allogene, Douglas served as General Counsel for Applied Molecular Transport (AMT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining AMT, Douglas was Vice President and General Counsel of Kiverdi, and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BioMimetic Therapeutics (acquired by Wright Medical Group), Spinal Dynamics (acquired by Medtronic), and OPX Biotechnologies (acquired by Cargill). He also previously served as Counsel with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and earlier in his career practiced as an associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Earl holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About Allogene Therapeutics
Allogene Therapeutics, with headquarters in South San Francisco, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor T cell (AlloCAR T™) products for cancer. Led by a management team with significant experience in cell therapy, Allogene is developing a pipeline of “off-the-shelf” CAR T cell candidates with the goal of delivering readily available cell therapy on-demand, more reliably, and at greater scale to more patients. For more information, please visit www.allogene.com and follow @AllogeneTx on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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