MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Xencor, Inc. (XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, today announced the appointment of Jeremy Grunstein, Ph.D., as vice president, business development. Dr. Grunstein brings more than 15 years of expertise in partnering, acquisitions and licensing in the biopharmaceutical industry and will lead strategic partnering to enhance the development of Xencor’s pipeline of drug candidates.
“Xencor is building a large and diversified portfolio of drug candidates using our XmAb® Fc platforms, and we will continue to leverage our technologies with new research collaborations and transactions that complement our internal pipeline,” said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Xencor. “We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy and look forward to his leadership and contributions to our team.”
Dr. Grunstein joins Xencor from Amgen Inc., where he served in several strategic business development roles. Most recently, he served as executive director, transactions, where he led product and platform technology transactions and managed Amgen’s out-licensing and corporate equity portfolio. Prior to joining Amgen, Dr. Grunstein earned an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Oncology at Genentech, Inc. He earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases. Currently, 13 candidates engineered with Xencor's XmAb® technology are in clinical development internally and with partners. Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering technology enables small changes to the structure of monoclonal antibodies resulting in new mechanisms of therapeutic action. For more information, please visit www.xencor.com.
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