The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) announced that veteran clinician and researcher Hearn Jay Cho, MD, PhD, will serve as the organization’s Chief Medical Office (CMO). As CMO, Dr. Cho will be an integral part of the MMRF Executive Leadership team and will be responsible for developing a clinical research strategy and accelerating drug development programs for the MMRF.
Dr. Cho will maintain his clinical responsibilities as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Attending Physician with the Multiple Myeloma Service at the Mt. Sinai Tisch Cancer Institute. Additionally, he will continue to manage his laboratory at Mt. Sinai, which is focused on developing novel therapies for multiple myeloma. At the MMRF, he will also lead the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC), a group of 25 leading research centers dedicated to researching and advancing treatment options for multiple myeloma patients.
“The MMRF continues to drive our strategic plan forward to accelerate major breakthroughs for cancer patients,” said Paul Giusti, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MMRF. “Having a world-class leadership team is critical to executing our thoughtful, innovative, plan. We are excited to have Dr. Cho, with his talent, expertise and experience as a leading physician in the myeloma field, join the MMRF. Dr. Cho will contribute to the MMRF’s mission to find a cure for each and every multiple myeloma patient.”
The MMRF strategic plan is built on three pillars: accelerating standardization and precision in immuno-oncology; investing in and partnering with innovative biotech companies with promising myeloma therapies; and generating, aggregating, and analyzing critical data to identify new targets and care pathways. Focusing the MMRF efforts in these three broad areas will transform how multiple myeloma is treated and ultimately cured. To learn more about the MMRF Strategic Plan visit here.
Dr. Cho joins the MMRF Executive Leadership Team of: Paul Giusti, President and CEO; Michael Andreini, Chief Operating Officer; Daniel Auclair, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer; Stephen Labkoff, MD, FACP, FACMI, Chief Data Officer; Rob Miani, Chief Financial Officer; Anne Quinn Young, MPH, Chief Marketing and Development Officer; and Peter Kosa, Managing Director of the Myeloma Investment Fund.
Kathy Giusti, MMRF Founder and Chief Mission Officer, will continue to set the vision for the organization, which includes oversight of the MMRF’s strategic plan, with a focus on developing partnerships across research, drug development, and health care delivery, to align incentives that drive precision medicine and cures for patients.
“It is a great honor and privilege to join the MMRF,” said Dr. Cho. “The MMRF has been instrumental in the FDA approval of new treatments that have revolutionized the care of multiple myeloma. We will keep the MMRF at the forefront of clinical and translational research, expanding our footprint in data and immunotherapy in our relentless pursuit of a cure for every patient.”