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Iovance Biotherapeutics Appoints Jean-Marc Bellemin as Chief Financial Officer

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel T cell-based cancer immunotherapies, today announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Bellemin as Chief Financial Officer, effective today. Mr. Bellemin brings 27 years of industry experience in finance, including public companies.

“I am very pleased to welcome Jean-Marc to Iovance during such an important time for the Company,” stated Maria Fardis, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance Biotherapeutics. “Jean-Marc has extensive experience as a CFO in public biopharma companies with commercial products and with a global footprint, as well as an understanding of cell therapy products. His qualifications are well aligned with Iovance’s goals and directions.”

Mr. Bellemin has 27 years of progressive international experience in finance, business leadership and operations management within start-up and global multi-billion-dollar organizations. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gritstone Oncology, where he led the overall financial strategy and multiple private and public financings, including an initial public offering and first equity follow-on financing. Previously Mr. Bellemin held roles of increasing responsibility at Actelion Pharmaceuticals, from 2002 until the 2017 acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Head of Finance and Market Access at Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc., he provided strategic leadership, operations, and financial management. Mr. Bellemin was actively involved in the launch of six drugs within five years, including three ‘blockbusters’ drugs, helping drive Actelion US to $1.8 billion in revenue.

“I am very excited to join Iovance and help lead the important transition toward bringing TIL to patients in a commercial setting,” said Mr. Bellemin. “I believe TIL cell therapy is a true platform with the potential to address many thousands of cancer patients in multiple indications throughout the world. I look forward to offering my expertise in global finance and commercial operations to help create value for patients and physicians, as well as Iovance shareholders.”

About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to improve patient care by making T cell-based immunotherapies broadly accessible for the treatment of patients with solid tumors and blood cancers. Tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy uses a patient’s own immune cells to attack cancer. TIL cells are extracted from a patient’s own tumor tissue, expanded through a proprietary process, and infused back into the patient. Upon infusion, TIL reach tumor tissue, where they attack cancer cells. The company has completed dosing in the pivotal study in patients with metastatic melanoma and cervical. In addition, the company’s TIL therapy is being investigated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancers including head and neck and non-small cell lung cancer. A clinical study to investigate Iovance T cell therapy for blood cancers called peripheral blood lymphocyte (PBL) therapy is open to enrollment. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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CONTACTS

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc:
Sara Pellegrino, IRC
Vice President, Investor Relations & Public Relations
650-260-7120 ext. 264
Sara.Pellegrino@iovance.com

Solebury Trout:
Chad Rubin (investors)
646-378-2947
crubin@troutgroup.com

Rich Allan (media)
646-378-2958
rallan@troutgroup.com


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