– Appoints Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and Leading Voice for Chemical Biology, Emerging Technology, and Life Sciences Companies –
– Michael W. Bonney Steps Down as Executive Chair and Continues on Board as Non-Independent Director –
– Amy W. Schulman will Assume Role of Chair of the Board –
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY) the leading RNAi therapeutics company, today announces appointment of Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D. a Nobel Laureate to the Board. Dr. Bertozzi is known is known for her work in chemical biology. She is a pioneer for emerging technology and has founded ten biopharmaceutical companies and guided more than a dozen academic and professional organizations and life sciences companies in leadership and board positions.
Alnylam also announced today that Board member and Lead Independent Director Amy W. Schulman, will assume the role of Chair of the Board from Michael W. Bonney, who will continue on the Board as a non-independent director. Mr. Bonney will be stepping down from his interim role as Executive Chair where he was focused on integrating the ethics and compliance function at Alnylam, a role he assumed for just over a year during which the company appointed a new Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Bertozzi’s perspectives on the Board as Alnylam nears key milestones in our P5x25 strategy. Dr. Bertozzi’s technical and leadership expertise will help Alnylam in our goal to serve more patients than ever before,” said Yvonne Greenstreet, MBChB, Chief Executive Officer of Alnylam. “We would like to thank Mr. Bonney for his contributions as Executive Chair while overseeing the continued strengthening of our compliance function at Alnylam. We look forward to continued contributions from both Mr. Bonney as non-independent Director and Ms. Schulman in her new Chair role.”
“I am honored to support Alnylam’s ambitions to build a top-tier biopharmaceutical company based on the tremendous potential of RNAi therapeutics,” said Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D. “Alnylam has gained momentum launching new therapies and maximizing its pipeline based on proven technology, and I am looking forward to working with this esteemed team to help more people in need.”
Dr. Bertozzi is well-regarded as the founder of the bioorthogonal chemistry field and has co-founded multiple biopharmaceutical companies including Palleon Pharmaceuticals, InterVenn Bio, Grace Science and Lycia Therapeutics. Dr. Bertozzi currently serves on the scientific advisory boards of Rayze Bio, Spotlight Therapeutics, and Ambigon Therapeutics, among others. Dr. Bertozzi also serves as the Baker Family Director of Stanford University’s Sarafan ChEM-H Institute, and as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a member of several venerable organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors, as well as the Royal Society (UK), Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Dr. Bertozzi has been recognized with many distinctions, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Welch Award in Chemistry, the Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry. She has also been the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science since 2014.
Mr. Bonney was appointed as Executive Chair of Alnylam in August 2021, having been elected to Alnylam’s Board of Directors in 2014. His experience leading the development and growth of successful, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical companies has helped Alnylam during a time of significant growth, and as the company sought to further strengthen its ethics and compliance function and integration with the business. During Mr. Bonney’s tenure in this role, he oversaw the appointment of Piyush Sharma, JD, as Alnylam’s new Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.
Ms. Schulman was elected to the Alnylam Board of Directors in 2014. She is currently Managing Partner, Polaris Partners; Co-founder, Executive Chair, and former Chief Executive Officer of Lyndra Therapeutics; member of the Board of Directors of SQZ Biotech; and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. Ms. Schulman sits on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
About Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ALNY) has led the translation of RNA interference (RNAi) into a whole new class of innovative medicines with the potential to transform the lives of people afflicted with rare and prevalent diseases with unmet need. Based on Nobel Prize-winning science, RNAi therapeutics represent a powerful, clinically validated approach yielding transformative medicines. Since its founding 20 years ago, Alnylam has led the RNAi Revolution and continues to deliver on a bold vision to turn scientific possibility into reality. Alnylam’s commercial RNAi therapeutic products are ONPATTRO® (patisiran), GIVLAARI® (givosiran), OXLUMO® (lumasiran), AMVUTTRA® (vutrisiran) and Leqvio® (inclisiran), which is being developed and commercialized by Alnylam’s partner, Novartis. Alnylam has a deep pipeline of investigational medicines, including multiple product candidates that are in late-stage development. Alnylam is executing on its “Alnylam P5x25” strategy to deliver transformative medicines in both rare and common diseases benefiting patients around the world through sustainable innovation and exceptional financial performance, resulting in a leading biotech profile. Alnylam is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. For more information about our people, science and pipeline, please visit www.alnylam.com and engage with us on Twitter at @Alnylam, on LinkedIn, or on Instagram.
Alnylam Forward Looking Statements
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Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Christine Regan Lindenboom
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