Iovance Biotherapeutics Appoints Athena Countouriotis, M.D., to Board of Directors

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SAN CARLOS, Calif., June 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, today announced the appointment of Athena Countouriotis, M.D., to the company’s Board of Directors, effective June 10, 2019. Dr. Countouriotis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Turning Point Therapeutics and specialized in hematology and oncology in her professional career. 

“Dr. Countouriotis has a long record of successful leadership in oncology drug development, and particular expertise in bringing novel therapies through clinical development,” commented Maria Fardis, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance Biotherapeutics. “We are delighted to expand our Board with new members with deep drug development experience.”

“I am excited to join the board at such an important time for the company following the strong data shown at ASCO with LN-145 in cervical cancer and with lifileucel in advanced melanoma,” said Dr. Countouriotis. “Both therapies have such great potential to benefit patients and I look forward to working with the company and the board to make these therapies available to patients.”

Dr. Countouriotis previously served as Chief Medical Officer for multiple public biotechnology companies, including Adverum Biotechnologies, Halozyme Therapeutics and Ambit Biosciences. Earlier in her career, Dr. Countouriotis led development of products for Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb, including Sutent, Mylotarg, Bosulif and Sprycel. She currently serves on the board of directors at Turning Point Therapeutics and Trovagene. Dr. Countouriotis holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine. She received training at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program.

About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics intends to commercialize autologous cell therapy products that amplify the body’s own immune response to eradicate solid tumors or attack blood cancers. The company is currently conducting the pivotal study innovaTIL-01 in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the company’s tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies are being investigated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancers including cervical, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, please visit

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By: Nasdaq / GlobenewsWire - 11 Jun 2019
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