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bluebird bio Inc (BLUE.OQ)

BLUE.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Lynch

61 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Nick Leschly

45 2010 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

William Baird

47 2019 Chief Financial Officer

Kory Wentworth

39 2017 Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance

Philip Gregory

47 2015 Chief Scientific Officer

David Davidson

54 2012 Chief Medical Officer

Alison Finger

54 2018 Chief Commercial Officer

Joanne Smith-Farrell

2019 Chief Business Officer

Jason Cole

45 2016 Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

John Agwunobi

54 2017 Independent Director

Wendy Dixon

63 2013 Independent Director

Douglas Melton

64 2017 Independent Director

David Schenkein

61 2013 Independent Director

Mark Vachon

59 2014 Independent Director

Elizabeth Pingpank

2018 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Daniel Lynch

Mr. Daniel S. Lynch is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Lynch is a Class II director who has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2011. Since October 2007, Mr. Lynch has advised and served as Executive Chair or member of the Board of Directors for a number of private biopharmaceutical companies, which include Stromedix, Inc. (until its acquisition by Biogen Idec in February 2012), Avila Therapeutics, Inc. (until its acquisition by Celgene Corporation in February 2012), RaNA Therapeutics, Inc., Nimbus Discovery, LLC, Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Ember Therapeutics, Inc., Proclara Biosciences, Inc., and Surface Oncology, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC), and Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO), and formerly for BIND Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIND). Mr. Lynch joined Third Rock Ventures, L.P., or Third Rock, as an entrepreneur-in-residence in May 2011, and became a Venture Partner in May 2013. Previously, Mr. Lynch served as Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of ImClone Systems Corporation, or ImClone. As ImClone’s Chief Executive Officer, he led ImClone through a significant turnaround, helping to restore the company’s reputation and to secure FDA approval of ERBITUX (Cetuximab), a novel cancer treatment. As its Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lynch led negotiations to form the major partnership between ImClone and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Earlier in his career, he served in various financial positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb over a 15-year tenure. He served on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of U.S. Oncology, Inc. for five years until December 2010, when it was acquired by McKesson. Mr. Lynch received his B.A. in mathematics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Nick Leschly

Mr. Nick Leschly serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Leschly is a Class I director who has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2010. Previously, he served as our Interim Chief Executive Officer from March 2010 to September 2010. Formerly a partner of Third Rock Ventures, L.P. since its founding in 2007, Mr. Leschly played an integral role in the overall formation, development and business strategy of several of Third Rock’s portfolio companies, including Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Third Rock, he worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Takeda), leading several early-stage drug development programs and served as the product and alliance leader for VELCADE. Mr. Leschly also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of MedXtend Corporation. He received his B.S. in molecular biology from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Wharton Business School.

William Baird

Mr. William D. Baird, III is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (“Amicus”) since April 2012 until December 2018. From April 2005 until April 2012, Mr. Baird served as Chief Financial Officer of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (“PTC”). Before that, Mr. Baird held various positions of increasing responsibility with PTC from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Baird previously worked in the life science practice at L.E.K. Consulting, a strategy consulting firm, from 1999 to 2002, and at First Union National Bank as a corporate underwriter from 1994 to 1997. Since June 2018, Mr. Baird has served on the Board of Directors of Axcella Health, a biotechnology company. Mr. Baird received a B.S. from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kory Wentworth

Mr. Kory J. Wentworth is Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance of the company. He joins the Company from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alexion”), where he held positions of increasing responsibility for finance and accounting teams from December 2008 to December 2017, including Executive Director and Corporate Controller from November 2017 to December 2017, as Executive Director and Assistant Controller from September 2016 to October 2017, and as Senior Director and Assistant Controller from January 2012 to August 2016. Prior to his time at Alexion, Mr. Wentworth held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of increasing responsibility for audit engagements from October 2002 to December 2008. Mr. Wentworth received his B.S. in Accounting from Susquehanna University.

Philip Gregory

Dr. Philip D. Gregory, Ph.D. serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the Company. Dr. Gregory has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since June 2015. Prior to joining us, Dr. Gregory was formerly with Sangamo BioSciences, where he held multiple leadership positions over a nearly fifteen-year tenure, most recently serving as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Research. In this role, he was responsible for the scientific direction and strategic research planning for the company. Dr. Gregory played an integral role in Sangamo’s partnerships and drove early discovery and development for several product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Sangamo, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. Dr. Gregory holds a D. Phil in biochemistry from Oxford University, Keble College and a B.Sc. in microbiology from Sheffield University.

David Davidson

Dr. David M. Davidson, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer of bluebird bio, Inc. since February 2012. Prior to joining us, Dr. Davidson served as a senior medical director at Genzyme Corporation, where he led clinical research for programs in Phases I through IV across a wide range of therapeutic areas for more than a decade. Most recently, Dr. Davidson was the medical leader for Genzyme’s gene therapy and Pompe disease enzyme replacement therapy programs. In addition to Dr. Davidson’s translational medicine experience, he has also worked on a number of commercial products, including Fabrazyme and Myozyme/Lumizyme, and was integral in crafting the new drug application that resulted in the approval of Welchol. Prior to Genzyme, Dr. Davidson was a medical director at GelTex Pharmaceuticals Inc. Previously, he completed clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at the Harvard Longwood Combined Infectious Diseases Program. Dr. Davidson received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. In addition, he completed an internal medicine internship, residency training and an endocrinology research fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Alison Finger

Ms. Alison C. Finger has served as our Chief Commercial Officer of the company, since February 2018. Prior to this role, she served as our Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Launch since August 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Finger served in roles with increasing responsibility at Bristol Meyers Squibb, Inc. (“BMS”), beginning her career in consumer medicines before progressing to global leadership roles where she was responsible for launching global, regional and national brands in hematology/oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and migraine/pain. At BMS, she served as Vice President, Global Commercialization Virology from July 2004 to June 2007, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand from July 2007 to May 2009, VP Global Commercialization, Alzheimer’s/Neuroscience from May 2009 to December 2012, and VP Global Commercialization, Hematology from December 2012 to May 2014. Ms. Finger received her B.A. in English Writing from St. Lawrence University and her M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Joanne Smith-Farrell

Ms. Joanne Smith-Farrell is Chief Business Officer of the Company. Joanne has been promoted to chief business officer after joining bluebird in April 2017 as our senior vice president, corporate development and strategy. Prior to joining bluebird, Joanne was vice president, business development transactions at Merck, Inc. At Merck, Joanne led the team that structured, negotiated and executed business development transactions supporting Merck Research Labs. Prior to Merck, she was vice president of strategic transactions at Pfizer, Inc. Joanne holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Catholic University of America and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She was also a Fellow in Biomedical & Chemical Engineering at The Harvard-MIT Division for Health Science & Technology (Dr. Robert Langer's Lab) where she received the NIH National Service Award in Research.

Jason Cole

Mr. Jason F. Cole serves as Chief Legal Officer, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Cole has served as our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since March 2016. Prior to this role, he served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since March 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cole served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel at Zalicus Inc. from September 2011 through March 2014, and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Zalicus and its predecessor company CombinatoRx, Incorporated from January 2006 to September 2011. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Cole was a corporate and securities attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP. Mr. Cole received an A.B. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

John Agwunobi

Dr. John O. Agwunobi is an independent Director of the company. Since February 2016, John O. Agwunobi, M.D. has served as Chief Health and Nutrition Officer at Herbalife Nutrition Institute (Nasdaq: HLF), responsible for training, education, science strategy and product development. Prior to joining Herbalife, Dr. Agwunobi advised a number of privately-held health-related companies and served as Senior Vice President and President of Health and Wellness for Wal-Mart in the United States, where he grew the business and provided insight and advice on the company’s health reform position. From December 2005 to September 2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. Dr. Agwunobi has served on numerous boards, and is currently a director at Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN), and at the U.S. African Development Foundation. Dr. Agwunobi is a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Wendy Dixon

Dr. Wendy L. Dixon, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Dixon is a Class III director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. In 2012, Dr. Dixon served as Senior Advisor at The Monitor Group. Since 2016, Dr. Dixon has served as a member of the board of directors for a number of biopharmaceutical companies, including Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ: ALKS), Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY), Eleven Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: EBIO), Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR), and formerly for Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: OREX), Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: FURX), which was sold to Forest Laboratories, LLC as a subsidiary of Allergan in 2014, Ardea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDEA), which was sold to AstraZeneca PLC in 2012, and Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY), as well as a private company, Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Dixon also served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Global Marketing for Bristol-Myers Squibb and as a member of the CEO’s Executive Committee from 2001 to 2009. She has had an over 30-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology business, combining a technical background and experience in drug development and regulatory affairs with commercial responsibilities in building and leading organizations and launching and growing more than 20 pharmaceutical products including Tagamet, Fosamax, Singulair, Plavix, Abilify, Reyataz and Baraclude. From 1996 to 2001, she was Senior Vice President, Marketing at Merck and prior to that she held executive management positions at West Pharmaceuticals, Osteotech and Centocor, and various positions at SmithKline and French (now GlaxoSmithKline) in marketing, regulatory affairs, project management and as a biochemist. Dr. Dixon received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Douglas Melton

Dr. Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D. is an independent Director of the company. He is the Xander University Professor at Harvard University, where he has been a professor for over thirty years. He has served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute since 2004, and also as the Co-Chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology since 2007. Since 1994, Dr. Melton has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was a scientific co-founder of Gilead Sciences, Inc., Curis, Inc. and Semma Therapeutics, Inc.

David Schenkein

Dr. David P. Schenkein, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Schenkein is a Class III director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. Since August 2009, Dr. Schenkein has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. From April 2006 to July 2009, Dr. Schenkein served as Senior Vice President of oncology development of Genentech. Dr. Schenkein is also a Director at Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGIO), Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMI) and Denali Therapeutics. Dr. Schenkein received his B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University and his M.D. from Upstate Medical School.

Mark Vachon

Mr. Mark Vachon is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Vachon is a Class I director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2014. Since November 2016, Mr. Vachon serves as an Executive Vice President Sales, Integration and Operations at Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. For over 30 years, Mr. Vachon held a variety of leadership positions across the General Electric organization, and was a company officer beginning in 1999 and a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Vachon was President and CEO of GE Healthcare Americas from 2009 and 2010, and prior to that he was President and CEO of Global Diagnostics Imaging, GE Healthcare, between 2006 and 2009. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Vachon was Executive Vice President and CFO of GE Healthcare. Mr. Vachon serves on the board of trustees of Northeastern University and the Board of Directors of Numotion, and the Charitable Health and Retirement Trust. Mr. Vachon holds a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University and an M.A. from Boston College.

Elizabeth Pingpank

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