Applied Molecular Transport Appoints Charlene Banard to its Board of Directors

April 6, 2022 at 8:00 AM EDT

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Molecular Transport Inc. (Nasdaq: AMTI) (AMT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Charlene Banard to its Board of Directors. Ms. Banard is an accomplished biopharmaceutical executive with over 30 years of experience leading global technical operations and quality organizations within the life sciences industry. Ms. Banard will also become a member of the company’s Audit Committee.

“Charlene is a welcome addition to AMT’s Board of Directors, bringing critical technical operations expertise and a strong strategic vision to the organization,” said Tahir Mahmood, Ph.D., chief executive officer and co-founder of AMT. “We are excited to work with Charlene, as we advance our pipeline of oral biologic product candidates, leverage our internal GMP manufacturing capabilities, and deepen our network of contract development and manufacturing organization partners. With four significant Phase 2 top-line data readouts anticipated this year, in inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis, Charlene’s insights will be invaluable to AMT’s continued growth.”

“I am delighted to join the Board as AMT further advances its portfolio of potentially transformational oral biologic therapeutics,” Ms. Banard added. “The Company is well positioned to execute on its opportunities within mucosal immunology and beyond and I look forward to collaborating with the entire AMT team.”

Ms. Banard is the chief technical officer of Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc. Previously, she served as the global head, Technical Operations, Cell & Gene Therapy Platform of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Prior to Novartis, Ms. Banard was senior vice president, Global Quality, Technical Operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals Group PLC, until it was acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. She also served in multiple leadership positions at Gilead Sciences, Inc., Cell Genesys, Inc., and Chiron Corporation earlier in her career.

Ms. Banard holds a B.S. in biochemistry from University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. in transglobal business from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

About AMT-101
AMT-101 is a novel GI-selective, oral fusion of IL-10 and AMT’s proprietary carrier molecule, currently in development in four Phase 2 clinical trials in inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. AMT-101 is designed to cross the intestinal epithelial (IE) barrier with limited entry into the bloodstream, thereby focusing IL-10 at the primary site of inflammation in ulcerative colitis, along the intestinal tissue lamina propria, potentially avoiding the side effects observed with systemic administration.

About Applied Molecular Transport Inc.
AMT is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary technology platform to design and develop a pipeline of novel oral biologic product candidates to treat autoimmune, inflammatory, metabolic, and other diseases. AMT’s proprietary technology platform allows it to exploit existing natural cellular trafficking pathways to facilitate the active transport of diverse therapeutic modalities across the IE barrier. Active transport is an efficient mechanism that uses the cell’s own machinery to transport materials across the IE barrier. AMT is developing additional oral biologic product candidates in patient-friendly oral forms that are designed to either target local intestinal tissue or enter systemic circulation to precisely address the relevant pathophysiology of disease.

AMT’s headquarters, internal GMP manufacturing and lab facilities are located in South San Francisco, CA. For additional information on AMT, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
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