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Ariel Jasie, Linda Bain, and Konstantin Konstantinov

Codiak has appointed Ariel Jasie as chief business officer, Linda Bain as CFO, and Konstantin Konstantinov as senior vice president of manufacturing and process sciences. They are the first members of the company’s core executive team. Jasie joined Codiak from Celgene where he led the strategy and operations group in research and early development. He previously served on Celgene's business development team. Bain joined Codiak from Avalanche Biotechnologies where she served as CFO. She previously served as vice president of finance, vice president of business operations, and treasurer at Bluebird Bio. Prior to joining Codiak, Konstantinov was responsible for late-stage bioprocess and technology development at Sanofi’s Boston hub. Before working at Sanofi, he worked for Bayer for 14 years. 

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