AviadoBio Appoints Graeme Fielder as Chief Operating Officer and Alex Bloom as Chief Technical Officer
London, UK; October 4, 2022 — AviadoBio, a pioneering, pre-clinical stage gene therapy company focused on developing and delivering transformative medicines for people with neurodegenerative disorders, today announced the promotions of Graeme Fielder, Ph.D. to Chief Operating Officer and Alex Bloom, Ph.D. to Chief Technical Officer.
Graeme Fielder, part of the founding management team at AviadoBio, has served as Vice President and Head of Operations since 2020. Graeme has deep experience in the life sciences industry, holding roles in strategy, business development, and program and alliance management over the past 10 years. He joined AviadoBio from Audentes Therapeutics (now Astellas Gene Therapies), a neuromuscular gene therapy company, where he oversaw the company’s corporate development activities including the acquisition of Astellas Pharma. Graeme holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Graeme also has an MBA from Stanford University, USA.
Since joining AviadoBio in September 2021, Alex Bloom has served in the role of Senior Vice President Technical Operations, heading up all technical operations and enabling functions across CMC, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. His experience includes more than 15 years of operational excellence in biologics, with over 10 years spent dedicated to cell and gene therapy development. Previously, he led quality and regulatory activities at Gyroscope Therapeutics, supporting the development of gene therapies and innovative delivery devices for retinal disease. Alex holds a Ph.D. and MSc from Sheffield University, UK.
AviadoBio also noted today that Co-Founder and Chief Scientific and Clinical Advisor Professor Chris Shaw will be taking on an additional role. He has been named the Hugh Green Foundation Chair in Translation Neurology at the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Professor Shaw retains his roles at AviadoBio and King’s College London.
“Alex and Graeme have been integral members of the AviadoBio team and their promotions further validate their great work as well as the incredible growth of the company. I know that both Alex and Graeme, alongside the rest of the management team, will continue to drive AviadoBio forward as we work to bring our gene therapies for frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) into the clinic,” said Lisa Deschamps, Chief Executive Officer.