CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cellino Biotech, Inc., an autonomous cell therapy technology platform company, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the appointments of Abhijit (Abhi) Kulkarni, Ph.D. as Chief Operating Officer and Paulette Dillon as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Business Officer. Together, these leaders will support the company’s growth and further enhance its ability to build an integrated technology platform for the development and scaling of regenerative medicines.
“We are delighted to welcome Abhi and Paulette, who bring invaluable expertise in advanced technology development and business to Cellino,” said Nabiha Saklayen, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Cellino. “As we plan for several important milestones and continued progress in developing our precision platform for scaling regenerative therapies, we look forward to working with them both to drive our growth.”
Abhijit (Abhi) Kulkarni, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer
Abhi brings over 25 years of experience working on innovative solutions spanning the disciplines of neuroscience, engineering, and physics. He is a passionate leader who has built diverse, high-performing teams and delivered multiple successful product launches across consumer and Class III medical domains, in startup, midsize, and large company settings. Prior to joining Cellino, Abhi was the Global Vice President of Research, Development and Technology for Neuromodulation and Pelvic Health, and Head of the Neuromodulation Technology Development Center, at Medtronic, where he led the development of several first-in-class products and therapy solutions.
Prior to Medtronic, he was the Global Vice President of Research, Development and Technology for Advanced Bionics and before that served in various roles at Bose Corporation. Abhi has an MS & PhD in Biomedical Engineering and conducted his graduate research at Boston University’s Hearing Research Center and at the Research Lab of Electronics at MIT.
Paulette Dillon, SVP and Chief Business Officer
Paulette brings more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and has been involved in building and growing several successful companies, as well as commercializing and launching novel technologies, platforms, and multiple approved drug products across a range of modalities and disease areas. Prior to joining Cellino, she was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Co-Founder of Atreca, Inc., (NASDAQ: BCEL) a public biopharmaceutical antibody-based company. Prior to Atreca, Paulette served sequentially as the chief business officer of Nuon Therapeutics, Anacor (acquired by Pfizer for $5.2B in 2016), Avidia (acquired by Amgen for $380M in 2006), and Celera Genomics (acquired by Quest Diagnostics for $344M in 2011), and held previous senior leadership positions including Vice President at Exelixis and Hoffmann-La Roche, and senior marketing and sales management positions at Syntex.
Cellino is an autonomous cell therapy technology platform company. The company is on a mission to democratize stem cell-based therapies for all eligible patients. Cellino is based in Cambridge, MA. For additional information, visit www.cellinobio.com. Follow us on Twitter @cellinobio.