- Former chief operating officer of Enzyvant Therapeutics brings over 20 years of biotech leadership experience -
AVEO Oncology (Nasdaq: AVEO), a commercial stage, oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Jeb Ledell as chief operating officer. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing operational functions key to maximizing the Company’s organizational efficiency and advancing its pipeline of products.
“We are excited to welcome Jeb to the team during an important phase of AVEO’s evolution as an integrated clinical development and commercial organization,” said Michael Bailey, president and chief executive officer of AVEO. “With a successful launch-to-date for FOTIVDA®, AVEO continues to invest in building momentum in the market and leveraging key opportunities within our pipeline. Jeb’s extensive leadership experience and proven track record across key business functions will contribute to our efforts in managing this growth and delivering value to our shareholders.”
“I am excited to be joining AVEO during this dynamic growth phase for the company,” said Mr. Ledell. “I look forward to leveraging my expertise to deliver on the promise of its robust portfolio of clinical stage assets and achieving the full potential of the organization.”
Mr. Ledell joins AVEO from Enzyvant Therapeutics, a biotechnology company dedicated to developing novel, transformative regenerative therapies for people with devastating rare diseases, where he served as chief operating officer and led key business operations during the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of RETHYMIC®. Prior to Enzyvant, Mr. Ledell served as the chief operating officer at Compass Therapeutics and Horizon Discovery Group. He was responsible for leading operations at both organizations through several changes in scale. Prior to Horizon, he held multiple technology, operations and development roles at Zalicus Inc. Mr. Ledell holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
About AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AVEO is a commercial-stage, oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company committed to delivering medicines that provide a better life for patients with cancer. AVEO currently markets FOTIVDA® (tivozanib) in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following two or more prior systemic therapies. AVEO continues to develop FOTIVDA in immuno-oncology combinations in RCC and other indications, and has other investigational programs in clinical development. AVEO is committed to creating an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion to diversify representation within the Company.
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