Kineta Expands Board of Directors with Biotech Industry Leaders Kim Drapkin and Scott Dylla
SEATTLE, June 28, 2023 — Kineta, Inc. (Nasdaq: KA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel immunotherapies in oncology that address cancer immune resistance, announced today the appointment of Kim Drapkin and Scott Dylla, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors. Ms. Drapkin will join the company’s audit and compensation committees and Dr. Dylla will join the compensation committee.
“Kim and Scott’s extensive strategic, financial and clinical expertise, paired with their proven track records of leading commercial and development-stage biopharmaceutical companies, make them strong additions to our Board of Directors,” said Shawn Iadonato, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Kineta. “I am looking forward to working closely with them as we enter this exciting time in Kineta’s evolution as a clinical stage public company, creating new opportunities for cancer patients with unmet needs, the company and our shareholders.”
Kim Drapkin has over 25 years of experience working with private and publicly traded biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including building and leading finance functions, raising capital, and leading strategic financial planning. Most recently, Ms. Drapkin was the CFO at Jounce Therapeutics, Inc., a position she held since the company’s inception, playing a key role in building Jounce’s financial infrastructure. Prior to joining Jounce, Ms. Drapkin owned a financial consulting firm where she served as the interim CFO for numerous early-stage biotechnology companies. Previously, she was the CFO at EPIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and also spent ten years in roles of increasing responsibility within the finance organization at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Her career began in the technology and life sciences practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ms. Drapkin served as a member of Yumanity Therapeutics, Inc.’s board of directors since the completion of the merger of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. and Yumanity, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Proteostasis. She currently serves on the board of directors of Acumen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABOS) and Imugene Limited (ASX: IMU), where she chairs the audit committee at both companies. Ms. Drapkin holds a B.S. in accounting from Babson College.
Scott Dylla, Ph.D. is currently an entrepreneur, investor and advisor of early-stage biotech companies. Dr. Dylla currently serves as the chairman of the board of Chimera Bioengineering and as a board member of 3D Bio Holdings LLC. Previously, Dr. Dylla served as a Vice President of Research and Development at AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), functioning also as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Stemcentrx division in South San Francisco, CA until July 2018. He co founded Stemcentrx in 2008, growing the company to 160 employees with numerous clinical assets launched by 2016 when the company was acquired by AbbVie for $6.2 billion. Prior to founding Stemcentrx in 2008, Dr. Dylla was one of the first scientists at OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he spearheaded the identification and characterization of solid tumor cancer stem cells (CSC), and led seminal work to identify colorectal CSC and demonstrate their resistance to chemotherapy. Dr. Dylla received his B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, a Master’s Degree in Molecular Pathobiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and his doctorate in Immunology & Cancer Biology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dylla trained as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University with stem cell pioneer, Dr. Irving Weissman, and in 2005 was recognized by the British Council as one of eight outstanding young US based researchers in the field of stem cell biology.
Kineta (Nasdaq: KA) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a mission to develop next-generation immunotherapies that transform patients’ lives. Kineta has leveraged its expertise in innate immunity and is focused on discovering and developing potentially differentiated immunotherapies that address the major challenges with current cancer therapy. For more information on Kineta, please visit www.kinetabio.com, and follow Kineta on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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