ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) today announced the appointment of Sarah J. Schlesinger, M.D., senior attending physician and associate professor of clinical investigation in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology at The Rockefeller University, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Schlesinger, 53, is a prominent clinical investigator and immunologist who has spent more than 20 years working in the field of cellular immunity, including as clinical director of the laboratory led by the late Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
“ARIAD’s vision is to improve the lives of cancer patients through the development of innovative medicines. That vision and the Company’s emphasis on discovering and developing new treatments based on its internal research differentiate ARIAD from other companies, large or small,” noted Dr. Schlesinger. “I am honored to serve on the ARIAD Board and to bring my experience in clinical development to the outstanding team at ARIAD.”Dr. Schlesinger trained in surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1985-1987) and in pathology at the New York Hospital (1987-1990), where she served as chief resident. She held faculty positions at Cornell University Medical College (1990-1991), State University of New York at Buffalo (1991-1994) and Georgetown University School of Medicine (1995-2002). In 1996, she became a research physician in the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and then worked as a scientist in vaccine research at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. In 2002, she came to Rockefeller University as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology, and then in 2003, she was appointed as a research associate professor with a joint appointment at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center. In 2007, she became associate professor of clinical investigation at Rockefeller University and clinical director of the Steinman laboratory. Dr. Schlesinger received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her M.D. degree from Rush Medical College. References: Harmon K., “How Ralph Steinman Raced to Develop a Cancer Vaccine – And Save His Life.” Scientific American, December 20, 2011. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-patient-scientist. About ARIAD ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Lausanne, Switzerland, is an integrated global oncology company focused on transforming the lives of cancer patients with breakthrough medicines. ARIAD is working on new medicines to advance the treatment of various forms of chronic and acute leukemia, lung cancer and other difficult-to-treat cancers. ARIAD utilizes computational and structural approaches to design small-molecule drugs that overcome resistance to existing cancer medicines. For additional information, visit http://www.ariad.com or follow ARIAD on Twitter ( @ARIADPharm).