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Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Appoints Neha Krishnamohan as CFO and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Expands its Leadership Team with Key New Hires

June 7, 2021 at 8:00 AM EDT

Experienced leaders bring substantial clinical research, regulatory, and operational expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry to the Kinnate team

SAN FRANCISCO and SAN DIEGO, June 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinnate Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: KNTE) (“Kinnate”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers, today announced the appointment of Neha Krishnamohan as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, and the expansion of its leadership team.

“Kinnate is entering a new phase of growth as we prepare to initiate a first-in-human trial of our lead candidate KIN-2787 and advance our additional pipeline programs through preclinical studies. With the appointment of Neha and our other new executives, we have added decades of collective expertise in building and operating both emerging and large clinical-stage biopharmaceutical companies to the Kinnate leadership team,” said Nima Farzan, Chief Executive Officer of Kinnate. “I am pleased to welcome each of them to Kinnate and look forward to their leadership in driving the continued progress of our pipeline and advancing our mission of expanding access to targeted therapies for people living with hard-to-treat, genomically defined cancers.”

Ms. Krishnamohan joins Kinnate from Goldman Sachs where she worked for more than 12 years and most recently served as a vice president in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Group within the Investment Banking Division. Ms. Krishnamohan established herself as a senior leader in the healthcare coverage group, working with a variety of biopharmaceutical boards and management teams on a broad range of strategic financial matters, executing financings as well as leading M&A transactions. She has successfully executed over $100 billion in transactions in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and tools/diagnostics sectors. She holds a B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.

“Kinnate is at an exciting inflection point in its path to becoming a global, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. I look forward to partnering with the management team and the board to advance Kinnate’s continued growth through the scale-up of its strategic corporate finance operations and guide the company’s corporate strategy,” said Ms. Krishnamohan. “Having spent more than a decade advising and performing diligence on companies in the biopharmaceutical sector, I am extremely impressed with the Kinnate team and the progress that they have made in a short period of time advancing their differentiated pipeline.”

Kinnate has also announced the appointment of the following senior leaders:

  • Ken Kobayashi, M.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, who was most recently Vice President, Early Oncology Development and Clinical Research at Pfizer
  • Jason Cox, Ph.D., Vice President, Medicinal Chemistry, who joins from Merck where he spent 16 years, most recently as Director, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Jason Hampson, Vice President, Head of Regulatory Affairs, who joins from Amgen where he spent 18 years, most recently as Director of Regulatory Affairs
  • David Madden, Vice President, Finance, who joins from Emergent BioSolutions where he was most recently Sr. Director, Finance
  • Clement Pimor, Vice President Strategy and Portfolio Management, who joins from AbbVie where he was Asset Strategy Leader for the cancer medicine IMBRUVICA
  • Barbara Warren, Vice President Human Resources, who was most recently an Executive Human Resource Consultant at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles

For more information about Kinnate’s leadership team, please visit

About Kinnate
Kinnate is focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers. Kinnate’s mission is to expand the reach of targeted therapeutics by developing products for underserved populations. Kinnate utilizes its deep expertise in structure-based drug discovery, translational research, and patient-driven precision medicine, which it refers to as the Kinnate Discovery Engine, to develop targeted therapies. Based in San Francisco and San Diego, California, the Kinnate team is composed of drug discovery experts supported by a distinguished group of scientific advisors. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements
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These and other risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors are further described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021 that we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as in our subsequent filings we make with the SEC. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for our management to predict all risk factors, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in, or implied by, any forward-looking statements. Investors should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason in the future.


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