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Scientific Advisory Board

Elizabeth P. Rakoczy, PhD
Chair

Dr. Rakoczy is the Winthrop Professor of Molecular Ophthalmology at the Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, and has pioneered work in gene therapy for ocular neovascular disease.


Jean E. Bennett, MD, PhD

Dr. Bennett is the F.M. Kirby Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and is a renowned expert in gene therapy, animal models, and translational medicine in retinal disease.


Estuardo Aguilar-Cordova, MD, PhD

Dr. Aguilar-Cordova is the Chief Executive Officer, Advantagene, and a recognized expert in regulatory affairs and product development in both academic and biotechnology settings.


Mitchell H. Finer, PhD

Dr. Finer is the Chief Scientific Officer of bluebird bio and has over 25 years of experience in biotechnology product development.


Daniel V. Palanker, PhD

Dr. Palanker is the Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and in Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University. He is an expert in ophthalmic lasers and in interactions of pulsed electric field and light with biological cells and tissues.

Avalanche Biotechnologies Announces Appointment of Samuel B. Barone, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

July 1, 2014

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 1, 2014 -- Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc., a leader in the development of innovative gene therapies for serious eye diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), today announced the appointment of Samuel B. Barone, M.D. in the role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Barone will lead the company’s clinical development programs, including advancing Avalanche’s lead product, AVA-101 for the treatment of wet AMD. Dr. Barone will report to Thomas Chalberg, Ph.D., Avalanche’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

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