Caliber Associates Recruits VP of Immunobiology for Sutro Biopharma

May 14, 2020 – The competitive landscape of the life sciences industry is transforming recruiting. Growing pressure to rapidly advance scientific discovery and expand market share in the face of COVID-19 is making the competition to attract top talent more fierce than ever before, according to recruiters that specialize in the sector.  

Recently, executive recruitment firm Caliber Associates placed Kristin Bedard as vice president of immunobiology at Sutro Biopharma in San Francisco. The assignment was spearheaded by Steven P. Hochberg, the search firm’s founder and CEO.


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“Kristin brings a proven track record of advancing novel therapies into the clinic, with expertise in immuno-oncology and demonstrated scientific leadership,” said Bill Newell, chief executive officer of Sutro Biopharma. He said that this hire will help “provide an expanded breadth of key scientific and business expertise to drive the ongoing advancement of our clinical pipeline and partnerships utilizing our technology.”

Dr. Bedard previously held leadership positions at Kineta, most recently as chief scientific officer, immuno-oncology and senior vice president, discovery, and formerly as vice president of R&D and head of virology. She is co-inventor of 15 filed U.S. patent applications for novel classes of antivirals, adjuvants, immune agonists and their corresponding methods of identification. Dr. Bedard received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate from University of California, Irvine.

Sutro Biopharma is a clinical-stage drug discovery, development and manufacturing company. Using precise protein engineering and rational design, Sutro is advancing next-generation oncology therapeutics. Sutro is dedicated to transforming the lives of cancer patients by creating medicines with improved therapeutic profiles for areas of unmet need. To date, Sutro has designed cytokine-based immuno-oncology therapies, ADCs, vaccines and bispecific antibodies primarily directed at clinically-validated targets for which the current standard of care is suboptimal.

Life Sciences Recruiters

Caliber Associates, founded in 1988, is focused exclusively on the life sciences sector. The firm’s leaders are highly experienced search professionals and biopharmaceutical executives who bring more than 70 years of industry experience. Caliber Associates has partnered with over 150 leading companies and has completed upwards of 700 searches, placing strategic leaders with broad therapeutic and functional reach. The firm has offices in San Diego, metro New York and Boston/Cambridge, MA.

Mr. Hochberg focuses on recruiting CEOs, board members, C-level and strategic teams for emerging life science companies and global biopharmaceutical companies. He has assembled a small team of highly experienced, results driven search professionals. Prior to his search career, he held strategic human resources roles with Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, FMC Corp. and Shell Oil Co.

Caliber Associates recently assisted Carlsbad, CA-based Ra Medical Systems in the hiring of Chris Folk as vice president of engineering. With more than 20 years of engineering experience primarily in medtech, Dr. Folk has led the design, development and engineering of novel medical devices with highly specific design requirements, leading to commercial success. Ra Medical Systems, founded in 2002, is a public company that leverages its advanced excimer laser-based platform for use in the treatment of vascular and dermatological diseases.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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