Speaker Profile

M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Harpoon Therapeutics

Dr. Sacks joined Harpoon in October 2018, bringing extensive oncology and clinical development expertise. She most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Aduro Biotech, a company focused on the advancement of novel immuno-oncology technologies. Previously, she was Vice President of Clinical Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen) where she played a key role in the development and approval of Kyprolis®, an FDA-approved therapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma, and in business development strategy. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Clinical Research for Exelixis where she directed the development of a portfolio of small molecules, with responsibilities ranging from IND filings to late-stage development, including development of Cometriq™. Earlier in her career, Dr. Sacks served as Vice President of Clinical Development at Cell Genesys, a company focused on the development of cancer vaccines and engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells. She received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, her M.S. in Biostatistics from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Sacks was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and served as volunteer Attending Physician in Hematology-Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital for more than a decade. She serves as a board member for Zymeworks Inc. and Caribou Biosciences.

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