CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC), a leader in discovering and developing targeted kinase medicines for patients with genomically defined diseases, today announced that Marion Dorsch, Ph.D., will succeed Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D., MBA, as Chief Scientific Officer, effective November 21, 2016. Dr. Dorsch will join the executive management team and will be responsible for setting the scientific strategy and priorities for Blueprint Medicines, as well as overseeing day-to-day research operations. Dr. Lengauer will transition to the role of Executive Vice President where he will drive an integrated approach to progressing Blueprint Medicines' portfolio of investigational drugs.
"I am delighted to welcome Marion to Blueprint. She is a seasoned leader with a deep understanding of human biology and a wealth of experience identifying novel drug targets for cancer and rare genetic diseases, including significant experience in cancer immunology," said Jeff Albers, Chief Executive Officer of Blueprint Medicines. "Her expertise driving drug discovery across both internal and partnered programs will be invaluable as we continue to explore the vast potential of kinase therapies. I am thrilled to have someone of Marion's caliber and experience join our team, and I look forward to her contributions as we expand our efforts to improve the lives of patients who need new treatment options." "Christoph's passion, vision and insights have been critical to Blueprint Medicines' success to date, and I look forward to him bringing that same energy to his new role where he will continue to be a catalyst in the company's success," continued Mr. Albers. "Christoph is renowned throughout the industry as an expert in precision medicine, and in his new position, Christoph will continue to inform our strategy as well as drive an integrated approach to moving our compounds from discovery through development at a critical time for Blueprint as we progress our broad pipeline."