Darlene Noci, A.L.M. promoted to Chief Development Officer
Benjamin Lane, Ph.D. promoted to Senior Vice President, Technical Operations
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 20, 2022 -- Nuvalent, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUVL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on creating precisely targeted therapies for clinically proven kinase targets in cancer, today announced two leadership team promotions. Darlene Noci, A.L.M. has been promoted to Chief Development Officer and will continue to oversee all global Product Development and Regulatory Affairs activities. Benjamin Lane, Ph.D. has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Technical Operations and will continue to oversee all Pharmaceutical Development and Quality Assurance activities.
Ms. Noci joined Nuvalent in 2021 as Senior Vice President, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs, bringing over 20 years of experience as an accomplished product development leader specializing in global regulatory affairs and strategic oversight of early and late-stage programs in oncology and rare diseases. At Nuvalent, Ms. Noci has driven the parallel design and execution of global development and regulatory strategies for its two lead programs, NVL-520 and NVL-655, leading to the successful and expedient submission of two INDs and initiation of two ongoing Phase 1/2 studies all within one year. Prior to joining Nuvalent, Ms. Noci held various regulatory, quality assurance and global development team leadership positions with increasing responsibility at X4 Pharmaceuticals, EMD Serono, Infinity, Sanofi, and Genzyme. Throughout her career, Ms. Noci contributed to several successful drug approvals, including Fabrazyme(R), Mozobil(R), Clolar(R), and Bavencio(R). Ms. Noci received her Master's in Government from Harvard University.
Dr. Lane joined Nuvalent in 2020 as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development, bringing over 17 years of experience in process chemistry and the development of pre-clinical through commercial programs at both large and small biotech companies. At Nuvalent, Dr. Lane has built high-performing and integrated pharmaceutical development and quality assurance teams, which have seamlessly delivered clinical supply for two parallel lead programs while navigating the complexities of an evolving global supply-chain. Prior to joining Nuvalent, Dr. Lane has held various roles of increasing responsibility at Agios, Infinity, and Biogen and contributed to the development, scale up, and transition to commercial manufacturing of small molecule therapeutics in hematology, oncology, and neurology including Copiktra(R), Tibsovo(R), and Pyrukynd(R). Dr. Lane earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and held a postdoctoral position at Columbia University.
"These promotions reflect the significant contributions made by Darlene and Ben in establishing Nuvalent as a clinical-stage company with strong expertise in the development of novel oncology therapies," said James Porter, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Nuvalent. "We are pleased to recognize their talent and dedication and look forward to their continued leadership in advancing our mission to discover, develop, and deliver a pipeline of precisely targeted therapies for patients with cancer."
Nuvalent, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUVL) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on creating precisely targeted therapies for patients with cancer, designed to overcome the limitations of existing therapies for clinically proven kinase targets. Leveraging deep expertise in chemistry and structure-based drug design, we develop innovative small molecules that have the potential to overcome resistance, minimize adverse events, address brain metastases, and drive more durable responses. Nuvalent is advancing a robust pipeline with parallel lead programs in ROS1-positive and ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), along with multiple discovery-stage research programs. We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at www.nuvalent.com. Follow us on Twitter (@nuvalent) and LinkedIn.
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Fabrazyme(R) is a registered trademark of Genzyme Therapeutic Products Limited Partnership.
Mozobil(R) and Clolar(R) are registered trademarks of Genzyme Corporation.
Bavencio(R) is a registered trademark of Merck KGAA.
Copiktra(R) is a registered trademark of Secura Bio, Inc.
Tibsovo(R) is a registered trademark of Servier Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Pyrukynd(R) is a registered trademark of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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