NeoPhore appoints new CEO


Dr Baker was previously VP of Immunology at NeoPhore and will be succeeding Jeff Roix with immediate effect

NeoPhore, a small molecule cancer immuno-oncology company, has appointed Dr Matthew Baker as CEO. Dr Baker was previously VP of Immunology at NeoPhore and will be succeeding Jeff Roix with immediate effect.

Dr Baker has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Before joining NeoPhore, Dr Baker was Chief Scientific Officer of Denceptor Therapeutics Ltd, Abzena plc and was Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Antitope Ltd. Prior to this, he served as Vice President for Biologics Discovery at Biovation Ltd. Dr Baker has a background in B and T cell immunology and completed post-doctoral positions in Cambridge, UK, after obtaining his PhD in cellular immunology at the University of Birmingham. Dr Baker is currently Non-Executive Director at Oxgene Ltd.

Commenting on today’s announcement Robert James, Chairman of Neophore said: “On behalf of the board and management I would like to thank Jeff for his contribution to NeoPhore and am very pleased to welcome Dr Matthew Baker as CEO. This is an exciting time for NeoPhore as it continues to develop its leading position in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) drug discovery. Matthew’s leadership skills and years of experience as a research expert in cell immunology will prove invaluable as NeoPhore enters the next phase of growth.”

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Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Dr Matthew Baker added: “Having been involved in the development of NeoPhore’s drug discovery programmes since June 2019, I am extremely excited by the technology and am delighted to take on the role of CEO. NeoPhore’s highly differentiated approach to targeting MMR has real potential to generate first-in-class next-generation immuno-oncology therapeutics. Together with the management team and board, I look forward to maximising the company’s pipeline of MMR drugs, as we progress from the lab to the clinic, ultimately improving outcomes for patients.”