bluebird bio Appoints Denice Torres to Board of Directors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLUE) today announced that it has appointed Denice Torres to its Board of Directors.

“We’re excited to welcome Denice to the Board to help guide bluebird as we reach the next stage in our evolution,” said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. “Denice brings valuable perspective and exceptional industry insights based on over 25 years of executive management experience in pharmaceuticals, medical device and consumer healthcare for global organizations. In addition, she has a deep understanding of the benefit of cultivating people, diversity and culture to strengthen internal collaboration and propel companies forward. We look forward to her contributions as we work to deliver critical therapies to our patients.”

“I am thrilled to join bluebird’s Board of Directors at a time when the company is on the cusp of commercializing several important therapies for people living with severe genetic diseases and cancer,” said Ms. Torres. “My passion lies in achieving exceptional results through commercial and operational excellence and, critically, unleashing the potential that is inherent in diverse teams, ideas, and approaches. I look forward to applying what I’ve learned through my years of experience working within the healthcare industry and contributing to the achievement of bluebird’s incredible mission and commitment to patients.”

At Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Torres held several executive leadership positions including President of McNeil Consumer Healthcare and President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, CNS. She also served as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for the Medical Device division. Ms. Torres has expertise in leading large-scale transformations, from strategy to execution. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, she had a highly successful 14-year career at Eli Lilly in commercial roles, including leading U.S. Women’s Health, Global Neuroscience, and Growth Hormone. Ms. Torres was named Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Woman of the Year in 2015.

Ms. Torres is the founder of The Mentoring Place, a volunteer platform that focuses on helping accelerate the careers of women by matching them with executive level mentors and providing insights and education. She is also the founder of The Ignited Company, a consulting firm specializing in the development of high-performing individuals and teams.

Ms. Torres received a B.S. in Psychology from Ball State, J.D. Law from Indiana University, and MBA from University of Michigan in 1990.

About bluebird bio, Inc.

bluebird bio is pioneering gene therapy with purpose. From our Cambridge, Mass., headquarters, we’re developing gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and cancer, with the goal that people facing potentially fatal conditions with limited treatment options can live their lives fully. Beyond our labs, we’re working to positively disrupt the healthcare system to create access, transparency and education so that gene therapy can become available to all those who can benefit.

bluebird bio is a human company powered by human stories. We’re putting our care and expertise to work across a spectrum of disorders including cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, sickle cell disease, ?-thalassemia and multiple myeloma using three gene therapy technologies: gene addition, cell therapy and (megaTAL-enabled) gene editing.

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