Sheffield, UK, 17th December 2020: Rinri Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing a novel cell-based therapy to restore hearing, today announced the appointment of Dr. Terri Gaskell as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and member of the executive team. Dr. Gaskell brings over 20 years of life sciences R&D experience in both academic and industry roles with a focus on the development and translation of cell and gene-based therapies.

Terri joins from the UK Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC) where she has worked for over seven years on the translation of a broad range of candidate therapies, including stem cell derived, alongside underpinning technologies and infrastructure. Her role at CGTC also included advising academics and small companies on the development of advanced therapies.

Prior to this, Terri held senior roles at Cell Guidance Systems and Cellartis AB (now Takara Bio Europe AB) where she was focussed on the development of processes for the expansion and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic use and drug discovery.

Terri received her Bachelor of Science (BSc.) (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee and holds a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Simon Chandler, CEO of Rinri Therapeutics, said: “We are delighted that Dr Gaskell is joining us from CGTC to be Rinri’s first Chief Technology Officer. Terri is a very talented technical operations executive who brings to Rinri deep and broad experience that spans across regulatory, process development and clinical trial design. We are excited to add such a talent to our executive team and look forward to her applying her knowledge to help us accelerate the development of our pioneering technology to reverse sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

Dr Terri Gaskell said: “I am excited to be joining the management team at Rinri. I look forward to using my experience in translation of candidate cell therapies to help advance this promising and innovative therapy to the clinic and ultimately achieve the ambition of improving the lives of patients with hearing loss.”