bluebird bio, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on transforming the lives of patients with severe genetic and orphan diseases using gene therapy, announced today that James Mandell, M.D. has joined the company’s board of directors. In addition, bluebird bio announced that Axel Polack, Ph.D., general partner at TVM Capital Partners, has stepped down from the board. “The bluebird team is excited to welcome Dr Mandell to our board. Jim’s clear passion for patients, in particular kids in need, is a perfect fit with the company’s vision and culture. As the CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, Jim’s experience with the provider, payor and advocacy community will be invaluable to bluebird bio as we advance our gene therapy programs” said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. “I would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to Axel and the TVM team for their steadfast commitment and guidance of bluebird over the years enabling many of our recent accomplishments.” Dr. James Mandell became Chief Executive Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital and Children’s Medical Center on October 1, 2000, retiring from the position in October 2013. During his tenure, Dr. Mandell was a member of the Board of Trustees and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Children’s, he served as Dean of Albany Medical College and Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics. Dr. Mandell was promoted from Chief of Urology to Dean of Albany Medical College in l996. He also served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Albany Medical Center and Executive Medical Director of Albany Medical Center Hospital. Prior to his tenure at Albany Medical College, he was a member of the medical staff at Children’s Hospital for nine years, advancing to an associate in Surgery with an associate professor appointment at Harvard Medical School. In addition to a medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Mandell holds a Master’s in Health Systems Management from Union College, New York.