BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PureTech Health plc (Nasdaq: PRTC, LSE: PRTC) (“PureTech” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company dedicated to changing the lives of patients with devastating diseases, today announced the appointment of Robert Lyne as Chief Portfolio Officer. Robert brings a decade of experience in international life science deals and portfolio management, along with governance and executive team leadership experience. Robert is expected to join PureTech by early January 2024.
“We are excited to welcome Rob to our management team and pleased to add a dedicated presence representing our senior leadership team in the UK as we work to deliver impactful new treatments for patients,” said Daphne Zohar, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PureTech. “His extensive legal, operational and UK listed IP commercialization experience is complementary to PureTech’s own hub-and-spoke business model. We are looking forward to working together closely as we realize the full potential of both our Wholly Owned Programs and Founded Entity stakes and royalties.”
Mr. Lyne joins PureTech from Arix Bioscience plc, a transatlantic venture capital company focused on investing in innovative biotechnology companies, where he served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2021. He began his career as a lawyer at international law firm Bird & Bird LLP in London before moving to Touchstone Innovations, a London listed biotech and technology investor, which was acquired in 2017. He has worked on over 80 venture capital financings in Europe and North America as well as multiple trade exits and IPOs. As an experienced UK plc executive, Mr. Lyne has broad experience formulating and implementing corporate strategy. Mr. Lyne has a BA from the University of Oxford and an LLB from Oxford Brookes University.
“I am delighted to be joining the management team at PureTech during such an exciting time in the Company’s growth,” said Mr. Lyne. “As pioneers of the hub-and-spoke model in the biotechnology sector, PureTech’s approach is aligned with my own experience and ambitions. They are highly innovative in their approach to both science and business, which has led to the team delivering an impressive track record of developing new therapies with transformational potential. I look forward to working with the skilled team at PureTech and its outstanding network of advisors to further drive the Company forward.”
About PureTech Health
PureTech is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company dedicated to giving life to new classes of medicine to change the lives of patients with devastating diseases. The Company has created a broad and deep pipeline through its experienced research and development team and its extensive network of scientists, clinicians and industry leaders that is being advanced both internally and through its Founded Entities. PureTech’s R&D engine has resulted in the development of 27 therapeutics and therapeutic candidates, including two (Plenity® and EndeavorRx®) that have received both US FDA clearance and European marketing authorization and a third (KarXT) that is expected to be filed soon for FDA approval. A number of these programs are being advanced by PureTech or its Founded Entities in various indications and stages of clinical development, including registration enabling studies. All of the underlying programs and platforms that resulted in this pipeline of therapeutic candidates were initially identified or discovered and then advanced by the PureTech team through key validation points.
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