Vaccitech Appoints Chief Medical Officer to Oversee Development of Growing Clinical Pipeline of T Cell-Inducing Viral Vector Vaccines

Written by: Katja Stout
Published on: 15 Jul 2019

Vaccitech, a clinical-stage T cell immunotherapy company developing viral vectors as vaccines to treat and prevent Cancer and Infectious Diseases, announces today that it has appointed Mariem Charafeddine as Chief Medical Officer.

Mariem brings over 15 years’ experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, spent both advancing the clinical development and commercialisation of Infectious Disease products, and in delivering post-marketing monitoring of licensed medical products. Mariem has previously worked in international medical leadership roles and drug development in Infectious Diseases. She joins Vaccitech after 6 years at Abbvie, where she most recently served as Medical Director for Pharmacovigilance and Patient Safety Sciences, Infectious Diseases and Neurosciences. Mariem’s prior roles include Global Clinical Development at AbbVie and Hoffmann-La Roche/Genentech, as well as Medical Manager at Hoffmann-La-Roche in France. She is a qualified physician, with clinical practice and research experience focused in Infectious Diseases and Hepatology. Mariem also holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Management, gained from ESCP Europe.

Mariem will oversee the development of Vaccitech’s growing clinical-stage pipeline and will help implement the global clinical development strategy and medical plans across Vaccitech's therapeutic and prophylactic vaccine products.

"We are delighted to have Mariem join our team as we advance towards the Phase 2b read-outs of our lead clinical program in influenza,” said Tom Evans, Vaccitech CEO. “Her wide-ranging clinical development and post-marketing expertise in infectious diseases also puts us in great stead ahead of first in human studies for our HPV and HBV therapeutics. We look forward to her input on how best to develop our vaccines for the patients that need them.”