BERKELEY, Calif., June 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aduro Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADRO) today announced that Liana Wu has joined the company as vice president, commercial. Ms. Wu, a commercial leader with over 17 years of experience in marketing, sales, and market research in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, has a proven record in strategy development, new product planning, market analysis and successful product launches.
"Liana is an essential addition to our organization as we advance our immunotherapy programs into late stage clinical trials and set our sights towards commercialization," said Stephen T. Isaacs, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aduro. "She is a veteran commercial executive with particular expertise in oncology and we are pleased to have her join us to lead activities related to preparing for potential commercialization."
Prior to joining Aduro, Ms. Wu spent nine years at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (now Amgen) where she was most recently vice president, Oncology Franchise. While at Onyx, she was instrumental in overseeing the collaboration with Bayer for Nexavar and Stivarga in the U.S. Additionally, she supported the Kyprolis launch in the U.S. and commercial expansion in ex-U.S. regions. Prior to Onyx, Ms. Wu held several sales and marketing positions at Genentech, with responsibilities associated with the company's key oncology brands, Rituxan, Herceptin, and Tarceva. Ms. Wu holds a Master's in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Aduro Biotech, Inc. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company focused on the development of technology platforms to stimulate an immune response against cancer. Aduro's lead platform is based on proprietary strains of live-attenuated, double-deleted (LADD) Listeria monocytogenes that induce a potent innate immune response and have been engineered to express tumor-associated antigens to induce tumor-specific T cell-mediated immunity. Aduro has received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA for its lead LADD regimen, CRS-207 in combination with GVAX Pancreas in pancreatic cancer. The company is evaluating the proprietary immuno-oncology combination in the ongoing Phase 2b ECLIPSE clinical trial and has additional ongoing clinical trials with its LADD platform in mesothelioma and glioblastoma. The company is also developing clinical candidates using cyclic dinucleotide (CDN) synthetic small molecule immune modulators that are designed to activate the intracellular STING receptor, a central mediator of the innate immune response. For more information, please visit www.aduro.com.
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