Three­'s a crowd as an­oth­er Kite ex­ec hits the ex­it; Surf­ing tough wa­ters, Celyad On­col­o­gy picks up new CEO

Kite Phar­ma is los­ing an­oth­er ex­ec, as Francesco Mar­in­co­la leaves his post to join Flag­ship start­up Sonata Ther­a­peu­tics as CSO. Mar­in­co­la served as Kite’s SVP and glob­al head of cell ther­a­py re­search, hav­ing joined the com­pa­ny in 2021 af­ter a stint as CSO at Refuge Biotech­nolo­gies. Mar­in­co­la has al­so served as a dis­tin­guished re­search fel­low at Ab­b­Vie and spent more than two decades at the NIH and NCI. Mar­in­co­la’s ex­it from Kite marks the third, fol­low­ing CEO Christi Shaw and Tecar­tus glob­al pro­gram clin­i­cal lead Be­hzad Khara­bi, who both left last month.

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