Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of healthcare investors, academics, pharma industry veterans, and biotech entrepreneurs who have extensive expertise in gene and cell therapy. They are guiding our long-term strategic plan and assisting us in advancing our mission to lead the development of allogeneic CAR T cell therapy – the next wave of cancer immunotherapy.

Board of Directors

Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Allogene. As a visionary entrepreneur, Arie founded Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer until the acquisition of Kite by Gilead Sciences in October 2017. He remains as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for FosunKite, a joint venture formed between Fosun Pharma and Kite, a Gilead company, for the development of cell therapy in China. Arie has had a distinguished tenure in the life sciences, having been closely involved with the founding and advancement of several successful biopharmaceutical companies including Cougar Biotechnology and Agensys. Abiraterone, developed by Cougar, is a mainstay of therapy for patients with metastatic prostate cancer. He currently serves as Chairman of Two River Group, UroGen Pharma, Ltd. and Kronos Bio, and is a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Vida Ventures. He previously served as a Board member of Cell Design Labs until its acquisition by Gilead in December 2017. Arie is a Professor of Urology, holds the Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology, and is Director of the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently a member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Strategic Advisory Group. Prior to joining UCLA, Arie was at the National Cancer Institute/NIH as a research fellow in surgical oncology and immunotherapy under Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg. He completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, his post-graduate studies in Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and his residency in urologic surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has authored several books on oncology and more than 500 scientific and medical papers related to urological cancers, immunotherapy, gene therapy and cancer vaccines. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

David Bonderman is Chairman and Founding Partner of TPG. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. David serves on a number of public and private Boards, including China International Capital Corporation Ltd, Cushman & Wakefield, Kite Pharma, Inc., Ryanair Holdings, plc, of which he is Chairman, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the Grand Canyon Trust, and The Wilderness Society, as well as various academic and advisory boards.

David Chang, M.D., Ph.D., is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Allogene. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Research & Development, and Chief Medical Officer of Kite, a Gilead Company. He has an industry-leading track record of innovation in the field of oncology drug development, including the development of Yescarta™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel), the first CAR T therapy approved for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. From 2002 to 2014, he held senior leadership roles at Amgen, including Vice President of Global Development and Head of Hematology-Oncology. During this time, David spearheaded personalized therapy strategies underlying the success of Vectibix® (panitumumab). He also provided therapeutic area leadership to pivotal programs for Blincyto® (blinatumomab), a bispecific T cell engager antibody in acute lymphocytic leukemia and for IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), a first-of-its-kind oncolytic immunotherapy in melanoma.
Prior to joining Amgen, David held dual appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. David completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow. David serves as a Director at A2 Biotherapeutics and Peloton Biotherapeutics, and a Venture Partner at Vida Ventures.

Debbie Messemer has more than 30 years of experience providing financial expertise to public and private companies and was the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Bay Area and Northwest region until her recent retirement. Debbie, a certified public accountant (CPA), joined KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, in 1982 and was admitted into partnership in 1995.  As Managing Partner for the Bay Area and Northwest region, she was responsible for leading over 3,000 team members in 10 offices across all functions, including audit, tax and advisory. Debbie spent the majority of her career in KPMG’s audit practice as an audit engagement partner serving public and private clients in a variety of industry sectors. In addition to audit signing responsibilities, she has significant experience in SEC filings, due diligence, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and internal controls over financial reporting. Debbie is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and of the San Francisco Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).  She has served extensively on non-profit and advisory boards including the Bay Area Council, the San Francisco Committee on Jobs, the California Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the UC Berkeley Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board, San Francisco Ballet, and Posse. Debbie received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Franz Humer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Chairman of the Humer Foundation. He is also an independent Director of Citigroup Inc. (since 2012), and Chugai Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Japan). Franz also serves as a Director of Bial Pharmaceuticals (Portugal), WISeKey (cyber security company, Switzerland), and a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE. He served as chairman of Diageo plc from 2008 to 2017. In addition, Franz served as Head of Pharmaceuticals and then Chief Operating Officer of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (1996-1998), prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Roche Group (1998-2001) and later as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2001-2008). His tenure as Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd. extended from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Roche Group, he served on the Board of Glaxo Holdings plc and progressed to be responsible for research, business development, manufacturing, commercial strategy, and all non-U.S. operations for 13 years. In 1973, Franz joined Schering-Plough Corporation, where he held various general management positions in Latin America and Europe. Franz earned a Ph.D. in law from the University of Innsbruck and an M.B.A. at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

John DeYoung is Vice President of Worldwide Business Development for Pfizer Oncology. He is a member of the Oncology Leadership Team and the Worldwide Business Development Leadership Team. John joined Pfizer in 1991 and has held leadership positions in Finance, Marketing, Commercial Development and Business Development. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Joshua Kazam is a Co-Founder and a member of Allogene’s Board of Directors since its inception in November 2017. Joshua served as our President from November 2017 until June 2018. He was a founder of Kite and served as a member of Kite’s board of directors from Kite’s inception in June 2009 until its acquisition by Gilead in October 2017. Joshua co-founded Two River Consulting, LLC, a life-science consulting and investment firm. He is also an officer and director and co-owner of Riverbank Capital Securities, Inc., a FINRA member broker dealer and co-founder and director of Vida Ventures. Prior to founding Two River, Joshua served as the Director of Investment Management for the Orion Biomedical Fund, a private equity fund focused on biotechnology investments. Joshua serves on the board of directors of Capricor Therapeutics, Inc., Vision Path, Inc. (d/b/a Hubble Contacts) and Kronos Bio, Inc. Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Member of the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board.

Owen Witte, M.D. is a University Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, where he holds the President’s Chair in Developmental Immunology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. For 30 years, he was also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Owen is also a member of the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Medicine. Owen previously served on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board of Kite Pharma. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Cancer Research, working in the lab of Nobel Laureate Dr. David Baltimore. Dr. Witte also completed predoctoral research training in the lab of Dr. Irving Weissman while a medical student at Stanford University. He received his B.S. with highest honors in microbiology from Cornell University and his M.D. from Stanford University.

Todd Sisitsky is the Managing Partner of the TPG Capital business in the U.S. and EU, and co-leads the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare services and pharmaceutical/medical device sectors. Prior to joining TPG in 2003, Todd worked at Forstmann Little & Company and Oak Hill Capital Partners. He received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has played leadership roles on TPG’s investments in Aptalis, Biomet, Fenwal, Healthscope, IASIS Healthcare, Immucor, IMS Health, Par Pharmaceutical and Surgical Care Affiliates. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Dartmouth Medical School Board of Overseers.

Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Allogene. As a visionary entrepreneur, Arie founded Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer until the acquisition of Kite by Gilead Sciences in October 2017. He remains as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for FosunKite, a joint venture formed between Fosun Pharma and Kite, a Gilead company, for the development of cell therapy in China. Arie has had a distinguished tenure in the life sciences, having been closely involved with the founding and advancement of several successful biopharmaceutical companies including Cougar Biotechnology and Agensys. Abiraterone, developed by Cougar, is a mainstay of therapy for patients with metastatic prostate cancer. He currently serves as Chairman of Two River Group, UroGen Pharma, Ltd. and Kronos Bio, and is a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Vida Ventures. He previously served as a Board member of Cell Design Labs until its acquisition by Gilead in December 2017. Arie is a Professor of Urology, holds the Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology, and is Director of the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently a member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Strategic Advisory Group. Prior to joining UCLA, Arie was at the National Cancer Institute/NIH as a research fellow in surgical oncology and immunotherapy under Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg. He completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, his post-graduate studies in Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and his residency in urologic surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has authored several books on oncology and more than 500 scientific and medical papers related to urological cancers, immunotherapy, gene therapy and cancer vaccines. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

David Bonderman is Chairman and Founding Partner of TPG. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and a Sheldon Fellow. David serves on a number of public and private Boards, including China International Capital Corporation Ltd, Cushman & Wakefield, Kite Pharma, Inc., Ryanair Holdings, plc, of which he is Chairman, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, the Grand Canyon Trust, and The Wilderness Society, as well as various academic and advisory boards.

David Chang, M.D., Ph.D., is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Allogene. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Research & Development, and Chief Medical Officer of Kite, a Gilead Company. He has an industry-leading track record of innovation in the field of oncology drug development, including the development of Yescarta™ (axicabtagene ciloleucel), the first CAR T therapy approved for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. From 2002 to 2014, he held senior leadership roles at Amgen, including Vice President of Global Development and Head of Hematology-Oncology. During this time, David spearheaded personalized therapy strategies underlying the success of Vectibix® (panitumumab). He also provided therapeutic area leadership to pivotal programs for Blincyto® (blinatumomab), a bispecific T cell engager antibody in acute lymphocytic leukemia and for IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), a first-of-its-kind oncolytic immunotherapy in melanoma.
Prior to joining Amgen, David held dual appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained a B.S. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. David completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow. David serves as a Director at A2 Biotherapeutics and Peloton Biotherapeutics, and a Venture Partner at Vida Ventures.

Debbie Messemer has more than 30 years of experience providing financial expertise to public and private companies and was the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Bay Area and Northwest region until her recent retirement. Debbie, a certified public accountant (CPA), joined KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, in 1982 and was admitted into partnership in 1995.  As Managing Partner for the Bay Area and Northwest region, she was responsible for leading over 3,000 team members in 10 offices across all functions, including audit, tax and advisory. Debbie spent the majority of her career in KPMG’s audit practice as an audit engagement partner serving public and private clients in a variety of industry sectors. In addition to audit signing responsibilities, she has significant experience in SEC filings, due diligence, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and internal controls over financial reporting. Debbie is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and of the San Francisco Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).  She has served extensively on non-profit and advisory boards including the Bay Area Council, the San Francisco Committee on Jobs, the California Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the UC Berkeley Fisher Center Policy Advisory Board, San Francisco Ballet, and Posse. Debbie received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Franz Humer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and Chairman of the Humer Foundation. He is also an independent Director of Citigroup Inc. (since 2012), and Chugai Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Japan). Franz also serves as a Director of Bial Pharmaceuticals (Portugal), WISeKey (cyber security company, Switzerland), and a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE. He served as chairman of Diageo plc from 2008 to 2017. In addition, Franz served as Head of Pharmaceuticals and then Chief Operating Officer of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (1996-1998), prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Roche Group (1998-2001) and later as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (2001-2008). His tenure as Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd. extended from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Roche Group, he served on the Board of Glaxo Holdings plc and progressed to be responsible for research, business development, manufacturing, commercial strategy, and all non-U.S. operations for 13 years. In 1973, Franz joined Schering-Plough Corporation, where he held various general management positions in Latin America and Europe. Franz earned a Ph.D. in law from the University of Innsbruck and an M.B.A. at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

John DeYoung is Vice President of Worldwide Business Development for Pfizer Oncology. He is a member of the Oncology Leadership Team and the Worldwide Business Development Leadership Team. John joined Pfizer in 1991 and has held leadership positions in Finance, Marketing, Commercial Development and Business Development. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Joshua Kazam is a Co-Founder and a member of Allogene’s Board of Directors since its inception in November 2017. Joshua served as our President from November 2017 until June 2018. He was a founder of Kite and served as a member of Kite’s board of directors from Kite’s inception in June 2009 until its acquisition by Gilead in October 2017. Joshua co-founded Two River Consulting, LLC, a life-science consulting and investment firm. He is also an officer and director and co-owner of Riverbank Capital Securities, Inc., a FINRA member broker dealer and co-founder and director of Vida Ventures. Prior to founding Two River, Joshua served as the Director of Investment Management for the Orion Biomedical Fund, a private equity fund focused on biotechnology investments. Joshua serves on the board of directors of Capricor Therapeutics, Inc., Vision Path, Inc. (d/b/a Hubble Contacts) and Kronos Bio, Inc. Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Member of the Wharton School’s Undergraduate Executive Board.

Owen Witte, M.D. is a University Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, where he holds the President’s Chair in Developmental Immunology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. For 30 years, he was also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Owen is also a member of the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Medicine. Owen previously served on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board of Kite Pharma. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Cancer Research, working in the lab of Nobel Laureate Dr. David Baltimore. Dr. Witte also completed predoctoral research training in the lab of Dr. Irving Weissman while a medical student at Stanford University. He received his B.S. with highest honors in microbiology from Cornell University and his M.D. from Stanford University.

Todd Sisitsky is the Managing Partner of the TPG Capital business in the U.S. and EU, and co-leads the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare services and pharmaceutical/medical device sectors. Prior to joining TPG in 2003, Todd worked at Forstmann Little & Company and Oak Hill Capital Partners. He received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has played leadership roles on TPG’s investments in Aptalis, Biomet, Fenwal, Healthscope, IASIS Healthcare, Immucor, IMS Health, Par Pharmaceutical and Surgical Care Affiliates. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Dartmouth Medical School Board of Overseers.