NextCure hires Celgene vet as CMO; José Vega leaves Merck to become Moderna's chief safety officer
NextCure has found its new CMO after the previous executive resigned last August.
Han Myint, a biopharma and academia veteran of more than 20 years, joined the company Thursday after serving as CMO at NexImmune for a little over a year. Myint had overseen the company’s Phase I/II trial for a cell therapy in acute myeloid leukemia before hopping over to NextCure.
“Han’s strong industry track record is highlighted by his involvement in the development of multiple U.S. Food and Drug approved products,” CEO Michael Richman said in a statement.
At NextCure, Myint will turn his attention toward the company’s two lead programs: NC318, an immunotherapy targeting Siglec-15, and NC410, a recombinant LAIR-2 fusion protein designed to block immune suppression mediated by the immune modulator LAIR-1.
Before joining NexImmune, Myint had a senior role at Celgene, serving as VP of global medical affairs and the myeloid diseases lead for more than six years. He helped shepherd through a number of FDA-approved products during his time there, NextCure said.
Myint had previously worked at the University of Colorado-Denver between 2005 and 2012 as a professor and as the director of hematological malignancies and stem cell transplant program, building the program out.
NextCure’s former CMO Kevin Heller resigned after being named executive VP of R&D at Jasper Therapeutics last year. — Max Gelman
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