Gemini Therapeutics (GMTX) Appoints Samuel Barone, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

April 12, 2021 8:04 AM EDT

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Gemini Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMTX), a clinical stage precision medicine company developing innovative treatments for genetically defined age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and linked ocular disorders, today announced the appointment of Samuel Barone, M.D., as Gemini’s Chief Medical Officer, effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sam to Gemini as Chief Medical Officer, where he will bring his expertise as a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of retinal and macular diseases,” said Jason Meyenburg, Chief Executive Officer of Gemini Therapeutics. “As we continue to advance our clinical pipeline, we will benefit tremendously from his two-plus decades of clinical and development experience, as well as his deep understanding of the regulatory landscape, and skills as a vitreoretinal surgeon.”

Dr. Barone joins Gemini Therapeutics after most recently serving as co-Founder, Manager and Chief Medical Officer of Halodine, LLC, a company spun out of Veloce BioPharma. Prior, he held the role of Chief Medical Officer of Veloce BioPharma. Dr. Barone previously served as Senior Vice President at Adverum Biotechnologies (formerly Avalanche Biotechnologies). While at Avalanche Biotechnologies, Dr. Barone served as Chief Medical Officer. Before joining Avalanche Biotechnologies, Dr. Barone served as a Medical Officer in the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Barone received his B.S. in biology from Boston College and his M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Barone served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force serving active duty at Andrews Air Force Base and at bases in Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq for which he received several military honors. Following his military service, Dr. Barone completed a residency in ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he served as Chief Resident, as well as a medical and surgical retina fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Barone is succeeding Marc E. Uknis, M.D., F.A.C.S., who will be pursuing other opportunities. Marc will continue to contribute to Gemini in an advisory role. “We extend our gratitude to Dr. Uknis for the pivotal role he played in advancing GEM103 into clinical development and helping transform Gemini into a publicly traded precision medicine company with a promising clinical pipeline,” continued Mr. Meyenburg.

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