Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner, D.Phil. is a co-founder of Magenta and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and member of our Board of Directors since February 2016. Dr. Gardner has more than 20 years of experience in stem cell science, drug development and industry leadership roles. He joined Atlas Venture in November 2015 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to create Magenta with Third Rock Ventures and previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline plc. from 2005, most recently as Vice President and Head of the R&D Satellite in Boston. Dr. Gardner created and led the Regenerative Medicine Unit, established partnerships with The Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and The Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, from which the first stem cell gene therapy (Strimvelis) was approved. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Center of Excellence for External Drug Discovery and was a member of the clinical project team that led the late stage development and NDA approval for Tykerb for breast cancer. Dr. Gardner held scientific leadership roles at Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Chiron Corporation working on drug discovery and development. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Obsidian Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Gardner completed a postdoctoral fellowship in stem cell biology with Professor David Scadden at Harvard Medical School. He was educated in the U.K. and holds a doctorate from Oxford University, and graduate and undergraduate degrees in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from Cambridge University. 

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