Translate Bio Announces Key Leadership Additions and Promotions
-- Seasoned healthcare executive, Brendan Smith, appointed as Chief Financial Officer, bringing
strategic operations and financial leadership --
-- Appointments enhance capabilities across pulmonary programs, manufacturing and financial operations with a goal of advancing platform, preclinical and clinical milestones --
LEXINGTON, Mass., April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Translate Bio (Nasdaq: TBIO), a clinical-stage messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics company developing a new class of potentially transformative medicines to treat or prevent debilitating or life-threatening diseases, today announced several key leadership appointments, including Brendan Smith as Chief Financial Officer, Greg Troiano as Chief Manufacturing Officer, and Jim Sullivan as Senior Vice President, Pulmonary Discovery. These leadership appointments support the Company’s long-term strategic plan, TBIO 2025, that emphasizes several areas for value creation across the Company including adding key in-house quality and manufacturing capabilities, deepening pulmonary expertise and increasing research and development (R&D) investments with a goal of advancing platform innovation and driving multiple programs into the clinic.
“Now is an exciting time for Translate Bio—and there is considerable momentum in the mRNA field. From vaccines to therapeutics, we have seen the substantial role that mRNA can play, and we have outlined key steps as part of TBIO 2025, our 5-year strategic plan, that we believe will enable the advancement of multiple investigational new drug applications (INDs), new pipeline programs and platform innovation,” said Ronald Renaud, chief executive officer of Translate Bio. “Adding key talent across the company to the Translate Bio team is a critical aspect of our plan and I am thrilled to share these important leadership appointments today that we believe will position us well to capture the significant potential of mRNA.”
Brendan Smith, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Strategy
Mr. Smith was appointed Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Strategy effective April 19, 2021, his first day of employment with Translate Bio. Mr. Smith is an accomplished executive with more than two decades of experience within high-growth biopharma environments where he made significant contributions in various operations and strategy positions. A key area of strength in these roles was providing strategic financial leadership relating to long-term growth planning focused on operational efficiencies, building manufacturing and supply capabilities, and evaluation of business development opportunities and commercial planning assessments. In the role of Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Strategy, Mr. Smith will be responsible for Translate Bio’s finance and accounting, information technology, investor relations, and corporate strategy functions while working with the Company’s leadership team to ensure measured growth while executing on its strategic plan. Previously, as a Partner at Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Smith led integrated biopharma client engagements that included planning and executing on R&D strategy, operations, business development and deal diligence. Prior to that, Mr. Smith was VP, Head of Business Operations for Worldwide R&D at Pfizer where he led financial and headcount planning across discovery and development operations. In addition, as Executive Director, Head of Business Strategy and Operations for Biologics Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pfizer, Mr. Smith led manufacturing and financial operations for the company’s global biologics process development organization. Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.