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Xencor adds Board Director with ex-Flexus executive

Xencor, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in California which is developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, and cancer, have appointment Yujiro S. Hata to its board of directors.

“Yujiro’s wealth of experience in business and corporate development is a tremendous asset to our board,” said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Xencor. “Xencor faces a range of opportunities for our XmAb pipeline and platform across a number of therapeutic areas.  We look forward to benefiting from Yujiro’s knowledge and perspective on strategy and deal-making as we continue to progress our clinical programs and advance our bispecific oncology candidates into clinical development.”

Mr. Hata joins the board with more than 20 years of industry-related experience. Currently, Mr. Hata serves as chief operating officer at immunooncology company FLX Bio, where he oversees all business operations, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing. From 2014 until its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in April 2015, Mr. Hata served as chief operating officer at Flexus Biosciences. From 2010 until its acquisition by Amgen in October 2013, Mr. Hata was vice president, corporate development and strategy at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, where he held various leadership roles, including head of mergers and acquisitions, and licensing, and head of corporate strategy and strategic asset management. From 2002 to 2010, he served in various roles as vice president, senior vice president, and chief business officer at Enanta Pharmaceuticals, and earlier in his career served in business and corporate development roles at Genome Therapeutics Corporation, McKinsey and Company and ImClone Systems Incorporated. Mr. Hata obtained his MBA at Wharton as a Henry J. Kaiser recipient and completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at Oxford University and Colorado College. Mr. Hata serves on the board of visitors of the Moores Cancer Center, at the University of California, San Diego.

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