Press Release

Rubius Therapeutics Appoints Christina Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D., as Chief Medical Officer

December 23, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUBY), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is genetically engineering red blood cells to create an entirely new class of cellular medicines, today announced the appointment of Christina Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D., as the Company’s chief medical officer, effective January 6, 2020. With Dr. Coughlin’s appointment, Chris Carpenter, M.D., Ph.D., Rubius’ previous chief medical officer, is transitioning to a scientific advisory role.

“As Rubius begins its next chapter as a clinical-stage organization, we are excited to welcome Christina to Rubius, as our chief medical officer. Christina brings extensive experience leading clinical development and translational medicine teams and has a track record of building successful drug development organizations, with a particular focus in cellular therapy and oncology. We look forward to having her clinical and scientific leadership as we advance our pipeline of Red Cell Therapeutics™ for the potential treatment of rare diseases, cancer and autoimmune diseases,” said Pablo J. Cagnoni, M.D., chief executive officer. “I would like to thank Chris for his many contributions to Rubius and look forward to his continued guidance through his scientific advisory role.”

A trained oncologist and immunologist, Dr. Coughlin joins Rubius from Tmunity Therapeutics, Inc., where she served as chief medical officer and was responsible for the development of Tmunity’s CAR-T and TCR-T cellular therapy pipeline across preclinical, regulatory and clinical development activities. Prior to Tmunity, Ltd., Dr. Coughlin served as chief medical officer at Immunocore, where she led the development of the preclinical and clinical pipeline of soluble T cell receptor product candidates recognizing multiple tumor targets, including advancing the lead program from Phase 1 to dual pivotal clinical trials. Earlier, she held positions at several pharmaceutical companies, including executive director of oncology clinical development at Novartis; international project team leader, early development at Morphotek, Inc.; and was an asset team leader in early clinical development at Pfizer’s Oncology Business Unit. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Coughlin was an instructor in pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; completed her postdoctoral research fellowship in the Translational Research Group of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute under the direction of CAR-T cell therapy pioneer Carl June, M.D.; and was an attending physician and instructor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a B.S. in mathematics and biology from Temple University.

“I have dedicated my career to leading the development of potentially transformative, novel cellular therapies for the treatment of patients with cancer,” said Christina Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer of Rubius Therapeutics. “I believe the Rubius Therapeutics’ RED PLATFORM® represents the next forefront in cellular therapy innovation and with it the potential to help patients across multiple therapeutic areas. I am excited to join the team during such a pivotal time for the company.” 

About Rubius Therapeutics
Rubius Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of medicines called Red Cell Therapeutics™. The Company’s proprietary RED PLATFORM® was designed to genetically engineer and culture Red Cell Therapeutics™ that are selective, potent and off-the-shelf allogeneic cellular therapies for the potential treatment of several diseases across multiple therapeutic areas. Rubius’ initial focus is to advance RCT™ product candidates for the treatment of rare diseases, cancer and autoimmune diseases by leveraging three distinct therapeutic modalities — cellular shielding, potent cell-cell interaction and tolerance induction. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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