Adaptimmune Therapeutics (ADAP) Appoints Cintia Piccina as Chief Commercial Officer

February 27, 2024 8:05 AM EST

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: ADAP), a company redefining the treatment of solid tumor cancers with cell therapy, today announced the reappointment of Cintia Piccina as Chief Commercial Officer effective March 18, 2024. Cintia served in this role from January 2022 to March 2023. Cintia will lead a rapidly expanding commercial team as it prepares for the launch of afami-cel for the treatment of advanced synovial sarcoma which, on approval, will be the first engineered TCR T-cell therapy on the market targeting solid tumors.

Adrian Rawcliffe, Adaptimmune's Chief Executive Officer: "It is my pleasure and the Company's great fortune to welcome back Cintia and her wealth of cell therapy commercial expertise. With a priority review and an August 4, 2024 PDUFA date set for afami-cel, we have the opportunity to leverage Cintia's established track record and her familiarity with Adaptimmune, our products, and the company culture. Cintia was instrumental in designing and steering our commercial model design and her leadership will be critical as we continue launch planning and execution for the late-stage products in our sarcoma franchise."

Cintia Piccina, Adaptimmune's incoming Chief Commercial Officer: "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Adaptimmune as we prepare for the launch and commercialization of afami-cel. I look forward to joining this incredible team again as we aim to deliver important and much-needed new treatment options for people diagnosed with advanced cancers."

Most recently, Cintia served as Chief Commercial Officer at AlloVir (NASDAQ: ALVR) helping to build the company's commercialization capabilities and team to support the launch of the first allogeneic multi-Viral Specific T-cell (VST) therapy, AlloVir's anticipated first commercial product. Prior to her time at Adaptimmune, Cintia served as SVP Commercial Oncology and US General Manager at Bluebird Bio (NASDAQ: BLBD) / 2seventy Bio (NASDAQ: TSVT), leading the launch of the first cell therapy product in multiple myeloma, Abecma (idecabtagene vicleucel). Before that, she spent more than 20 years at Novartis (SIX: NOVN) (NYSE: NVS) from 1997 to April 2020, first in Brazil then in the United States, where she held a series of commercial, marketing, and sales roles across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology. In her final role at Novartis, Cintia was VP, Global Oncology Cell and Gene Strategy & Program Management Office, for Kymriah and the CAR-T pipeline, leading the cross-functional leadership teams for business (marketing, medical affairs, market access), manufacturing, and pipeline. Cintia holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an MBA from the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Sao Paulo.

On January 31, 2024, Adaptimmune announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had accepted for priority review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for afami-cel, an investigational engineered T-cell therapy for advanced synovial sarcoma. The application has a PDUFA target action date of August 4, 2024.

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