Dr. Forte has significant experience in regenerative medicine and in the cell therapy industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Zelluna Immunotherapy, a biopharma company focusing on developing transformative T cell receptors (TCR) based cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers. He is currently also serving as Chief Commercialization Officer and Chair of the Commercialization Committee of the International Society of Cellular Therapy (ISCT).
Dr. Forte held in the past a senior position at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), was Vice-President Global Medical Affairs Inflammation at UCB, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at TxCell, a cellular therapy company, where he played a key role in TxCell’s 2014 IPO, and served as Chief Medical Officer of Bone Therapeutics in 2017. In this last position, Dr. Forte was responsible for the Company’s clinical development strategy and advancing its products towards the market. He played a key role in increasing the visibility of the Company throughout the medical community.
With over 20 years professional activity in Clinical, Academic and Pharmaceutical Industry environments with deep experience in the management of operational and strategic functions across Research & Development, Manufacturing, Medical and General Management, Dr. Forte is a recognised leader in the regenerative medicine field who has gained broad expertise in medical and regulatory affairs and commercialisation, leading early and late stage clinical trials to market authorization and the launch of new biologic products for various indications.
Dr. Forte graduated in Medicine from the University of Lisbon, specializing in infectious diseases. He then obtained a PhD in Immunology at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, UK and Associate Professor in Health Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Lisbon.
Stefanos contributes more than 15 years of business development experience in the pharma and biotech industry to Bone Therapeutics, specifically in the cell and gene therapy space. This includes his achievements as Senior Vice-President at Cell Medica, a clinical-stage biotech company, where he expanded the company’s allogeneic T-cell immunotherapy platform through strategic partnerships with leading research institutions and targeted acquisitions. Prior to Cell Medica, Stefanos was Chief Business Officer at apceth GmbH, a company developing genetically-engineered mesenchymal stromal (MSC) cell products and also acting as a contract manufacturer in the ATMP space. He led all apceth’s business development activities, including in- and out-licensing and service contracts negotiations. He also held positions as Head of Business Development at the antisense RNA drug specialist Antisense Pharma (now Isarna), and Director Business Development at Roche, focused on partnering activities in emerging science and technologies. Stefanos also worked at Lazard, the global investment bank, advising to a variety of life sciences firms on M&As and financing transactions. Stefanos achieved an MSc. in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Pathology and Immunology from Imperial College London.
Dr. Ting brings to Bone Therapeutics over 30 years of academic and industry experience in translational science and global regulatory filing, and 20 years specifically in stromal cell-based therapeutics. He is currently the Chief Commercialization Officer on the board of directors for the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy (ISCT) and is serving on committees for the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI). Most recently, Dr. Ting served in the senior management team of Athersys, a Nasdaq-listed clinical-stage cell therapy company. As Vice President of Regenerative Medicine and Head of Cardiopulmonary Programs, he was responsible for all stages of development, from the bench to the bedside for the cardiovascular and pulmonary programs with Athersys’ most advanced cell therapy product MultiStem ® , an allogeneic adult bone marrow-derived stem cell product. Prior to joining Athersys, Dr. Ting was a Principal Investigator and Head of the Novel Inhibitors Screening Group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) at the National University of Singapore, which identified new therapeutic targets through high-throughput screening. Dr. Ting received his PhD in Cell Biology from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. in Biology from Amherst College.
Dr. Leselbaum brings three decades of experience in strategic international clinical development, clinical operations and medical affairs. She has directly managed more than 10 clinical studies (from phase I to III) involving more than 3,500 patients and 350 sites in Europe, Americas and Asia-Oceania regions. She has also led clinical and regulatory interactions with both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This includes for a number of products including vaccines and cell therapies, from pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) activity up to the filing of Marketing Authorization Applications (MAA).
Dr. Leselbaum was most recently Vice President Clinical Development at Aelix Therapeutics. leading the clinical development of novel HIV vaccines. Prior to this, Dr. Leselbaum was Director Clinical Development at Tigenix. She was responsible for the development and implementation of clinical development of Tigenix' allogeneic cell therapy product, Alofisel, for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease. She has also held leadership positions at the international pharmaceutical companies Almirall and Ipsen. Dr. Leselbaum received her Medical Degree from Paris Rene Descartes (Paris V), France.
Dr. Lebrun joined Bone Therapeutics in 2010 and has subsequently held several roles of increasing responsibilities. She currently serves as Head of Operations and Associate Director of Production and oversees all manufacturing and logistic activities of company’s clinical pipeline. She plays an instrumental role in the development of Bone Therapeutics allogenic platform ALLOB into a scalable, off-the-shelf cell therapy product. Previously, as a technology consult at Amaris Consulting, Dr. Lebrun advised a global vaccine manufacturer in quality assurance of its complex biomanufacturing processes. Dr. Lebrun obtained a bioengineering degree in chemistry and bio-industry and a PhD in agronomic sciences, both at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).