Chief Medical Officer for Cell Therapy
Head of Regulatory Affairs
Kurt has devoted his career to the development of cell and gene therapies and brings significant experience to Athenex from his previous positions at Kuur Therapeutics, Hospira, ViaCell, and Transkaryotic Therapies.
As past President of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), Kurt played a worldwide leadership role in promoting understanding of the clinical, regulatory, manufacturing, and marketing requirements for the successful development of cell and gene therapies. Prior to his biotech career, he worked at the United States Food and Drug Administration as a Medical Officer in the Center for Biologics and was appointed Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Cell and Gene Therapy within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He also served for 5 years on FDA’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee.
Kurt earned his MD from the University of Kansas and also has a BS in biological sciences, with distinction, from Stanford University. His postdoctoral training included Johns Hopkins and the US National Institutes of Health.