Amber Salzman, Ph.D. was appointed president and chief executive officer of Adverum in October 2016 after joining the company earlier in the year as president and chief operating officer after the merger of Annapurna Therapeutics with Avalanche Biotechnologies. Dr. Salzman was the president and chief executive officer of Annapurna Therapeutics between 2012 and 2016. Dr. Salzman has served in leadership roles at large pharmaceutical companies, small pharmaceutical companies, and in the rare disease community, including her role as chief executive officer of Cardiokine Inc. prior to its acquisition by Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc. in 2011. Dr. Salzman had a 25-year career at GlaxoSmtihKline plc, where she served as a member of the R&D executive team, leading drug development projects and clinical trials in more than 30,000 patients worldwide. Since 2001, Dr. Salzman has served as president of the Stop ALD Foundation, a patient-advocacy group seeking improvements in treatments for patients with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), and played a key role in developing a lentiviral gene therapy treatment for this disease. Dr. Salzman received a B.A. in Computer Science from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.
Adverum is a gene therapy company committed to discovering and developing novel medicines that can offer life-changing benefits to patients living with rare diseases or diseases of the eye who currently have limited or burdensome treatment options. Adverum has a robust pipeline and is leveraging its next generation adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based directed evolution platform to generate product candidates designed to provide durable efficacy by inducing sustained expression of a therapeutic protein. Our focus on the patient is supported by clinical development expertise and core capabilities in vector optimization, process development, manufacturing, and assay development.