NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers, today announced the appointment of Alexis Pinto as Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Pinto joins Zentalis with over 20 years of legal and strategic business development experience in the healthcare industry, most recently at Celgene Corporation.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alexis to Zentalis, as her depth of knowledge in deal-making and leading legal teams within the life science sector will be a great asset to the Company,” said Dr. Anthony Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Zentalis Pharmaceuticals. “Alexis will be responsible for the legal function across the organization, in addition to advising the Zentalis team on all legal affairs related to our growing pipeline of differentiated oncology candidates.”
Ms. Pinto most recently served as Corporate Vice President & Corporate Secretary at Celgene Corporation, where she transformed the legal support provided to the Business Development and Global Alliance Management groups, and served as lead counsel on critical, high-value transactions, including the acquisition of Celgene by Bristol Myers Squibb Company. Prior to joining Celgene, she was Managing Counsel of Corporate Transactions at Merck & Co., Inc., where she led, structured and managed complex sales, acquisitions, licensing and joint venture transactions, including the divestiture of Merck’s consumer care business to Bayer AG. Over her 18-year tenure at Merck, Ms. Pinto held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and scope, starting out as a labor and employment attorney and progressing into licensing, vaccines, mergers and acquisitions and business development roles. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
“I am honored to join an organization that is committed to developing best-in-class therapeutics that have the potential to revolutionize the lives of cancer patients,” commented Alexis Pinto, J.D., Chief Legal Officer at Zentalis Pharmaceuticals. “Over the past year, Zentalis has made impressive strides on both the corporate and clinical fronts, and I look forward to working with the management team and board to further build the legal framework necessary to reach the Company’s future milestones.”
Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers. The Company is developing a broad pipeline of potentially best-in-class oncology candidates, including ZN-c5, an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) for ER+/HER2- breast cancer, ZN-c3, a WEE1 inhibitor, ZN-d5, a BCL-2 inhibitor and ZN-e4, an EGFR inhibitor. Zentalis has operations in both New York and San Diego.
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