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Centessa Pharmaceuticals Announces Appointment of Dr. Mathias Hukkelhoven to its Board of Directors


Centessa Pharmaceuticals plc

BOSTON and LONDON, 01 July. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Centessa Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: CNTA), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company with a research and development (“R&D”) innovation engine that aims to discover, develop and ultimately deliver drugs effective for patients, today announced the appointment of Mathias Hukkelhoven, Ph.D., former Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory, Security and Biometrics at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), to its Board of Directors. Additionally, the company announced that Aaron Kantoff has resigned from the company’s board of directors, but will remain actively involved with the company as an advisor. Both amendments come into force on July 1, 2022.

“I am very pleased to welcome Math to the Centessa Board of Directors. Math’s deep industry experience in leading global regulatory efforts and developing new therapies will be extremely valuable as we continue to advance our rare disease and immuno-oncology pipeline of the best potential drugs for patients,” said Saurabh Saha, MD, PhD. , CEO of Centessa. “I also want to thank Aaron for his significant contributions to the Centessa Board of Directors, which have helped grow our company from its inception through our successful IPO to where we are today.”

“I am delighted to join Centessa’s Board of Directors at such a critical time for the company,” said Dr. Hukkelhoven. “I have been impressed with Centessa’s leadership team, vision and exciting portfolio, and look forward to working with the board and team to advance these potential therapies through readings from proof of concept with the ultimate goal of addressing unmet patient needs.”

Dr. Hukkelhoven is an experienced global leader in drug regulation and development. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Regulatory, Security and Biometrics at BMS and was also responsible for the R&D group at BMS China and the Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics group. In these roles, Dr. Hukkelhoven was responsible for establishing regulatory strategy and driving the execution of global regulatory and pharmacovigilance plans for BMS. Prior to joining BMS, Dr. Hukkelhoven served as Chairman of the Portfolio Stewardship Board at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and was Senior Vice President, Global Head Drug Regulatory Affairs at Novartis from 2001 to 2009. He also worked at Hoffmann LaRoche (Switzerland ) and Organon (The Netherlands). Dr. Hukkelhoven was chair of the PhRMA Regulatory Affairs Coordinating Committee, and most recently PhRMA negotiator for the PDUFA VII negotiations with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Hukkelhoven received his BSc and Ph.D. with honors in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dr. Hukkelhoven also sits on the board of directors of Compugen Ltd and is a senior advisor at McKinsey and an R&D strategy advisor at LianBio.

About Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Centessa Pharmaceuticals plc is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company with an R&D innovation engine that aims to discover, develop and ultimately deliver effective medicines to patients. Our programs range from discovery to advanced development and cover a range of high-value indications in rare diseases and immuno-oncology. We are led by a leadership team with extensive R&D experience, providing direct guidance to our program teams to rapidly progress our candidates from research through all stages of development. For more information, visit www.centessa.comwhich is not part of this version.

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Kristen K. Sheppard, Esq.
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