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Spark Therapeutics Further Expands Gene Therapy Expertise with Appointment of Federico Mingozzi, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Federico Mingozzi is the chief scientific officer at Spark Therapeutics, bringing two decades of experience in gene therapy, immunology, as well as biochemistry and molecular biology in both industry and academic settings.
Federico began his scientific career studying the genetic bases of bleeding disorders. At the Children’s Hospital Philadelphia (CHOP) he conducted pioneering studies on liver gene transfer with adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors and immunology. Federico was involved in several first-in-human clinical studies of gene therapy based on the AAV vector platform while serving as the director of translational research the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, at CHOP. He also led studies aimed at the characterization of human immune responses to AAV vectors and the development of strategies to modulate vector immunogenicity.
He then joined the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) as Research Director and Genethon, a leading French nonprofit R&D organization focused on gene therapy for rare diseases, as Team Leader. There, he spearheaded the development of in vivo gene therapies for inherited diseases. His work continued to focus on the characterization of human immune responses to AAV vectors and on the development of strategies to overcome immune responses in gene transfer.
Federico currently serves as faculty at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Ferrara in Italy, and his M.B.A. from Drexel University. Throughout his distinguished career, Federico has received several awards and has contributed to more than 90 publications, including seminal findings in the field of AAV gene therapy.
Lisa Dalton has more than 15 years of strategic and operational human resources experience across the biopharmaceutical and financial services industries. Lisa was previously vice president, human resources at Shire, where she led HR merger and acquisition activity and implementation. While at Shire, Lisa played many other critical roles within HR, including building and leading the compensation function, implementing an HR systems platform, and establishing the HR operations function.
Lisa also has held roles in compensation and HR business partnering with Franklin Templeton Investments and Applied Biosystems.
Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University School of Business and a B.A. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University.