Dr. Yasir Al-Wakeel Joins Neon Therapeutics as Chief Financial Officer

, an immuno-oncology company developing neoantigen-based
therapeutic vaccines and T cell therapies to treat cancer, today
announced that Yasir Al-Wakeel will join the company as chief financial
officer beginning July 5, 2017. Dr. Al-Wakeel replaces Daniella Beckman,
who has served as part-time chief financial officer since shortly after
the company’s launch in 2015.

Dr. Al-Wakeel joins Neon from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals where, as chief
financial officer and head of corporate development, he led the finance
function and helped to shape and execute the company’s refocused
business strategy, which culminated in the recent $1.025 billion asset
sale to Ipsen SA.

Before Merrimack, Dr. Al-Wakeel served for more than eight years at
Credit Suisse, most recently as an investment banking director focused
on biotechnology, and previously as an equity research analyst covering
the biotechnology and specialty pharmaceuticals sectors. In his banking
role, Dr. Al-Wakeel was involved in more than $30 billion in strategic
and financial transactions for the firm. Dr. Al-Wakeel received his BM
BCh (Doctor of Medicine) degree from Oxford University and also holds a
Master’s degree from Cambridge University.

We are very thankful for the contributions Daniella has made to Neon
Therapeutics, helping to shepherd the company from its foundation
through a period of extraordinary growth and achievement,” said Hugh
O’Dowd, chief executive officer at Neon Therapeutics. “As our first
full-time chief financial officer, Yasir will play an important role in
helping to guide our next phase of growth, and ensure support for the
ongoing advancement of multiple clinical strategies to deliver on the
promise of neoantigen-targeted therapies for patients.”

Neon Therapeutics has rapidly established itself as the leader in
neoantigen science with broad potential to improve the care of a wide
range of cancer patients,” said Dr. Al-Wakeel. “I am energized by the
opportunity to join the Neon leadership team, and look forward to
strengthening external support for this important new line of attack on

About Neon Therapeutics
Neon Therapeutics is an
immuno-oncology company focused on developing novel therapeutics
leveraging neoantigen biology to treat cancer. A neoantigen-based
product engine allows Neon to develop multiple treatment modalities,
including next-generation vaccines and T cell therapies targeting both
personalized and shared neoantigens. Neon’s lead program is a
personalized neoantigen vaccine that builds upon years of research and
development at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute, and is in multiple clinical trials. For more
information, please visit www.neontherapeutics.com.


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