Mr. Blum joined Gamida Cell’s board of directors as Chairman in September 2018, bringing more than 35 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Mr. Blum helped launch Cytokinetics in 1998 and served in roles of increasing responsibility before being appointed president and chief executive officer in 2007. Prior to launching Cytokinetics, Mr. Blum held senior positions in business development and marketing at COR Therapeutics and roles in sales, marketing, and other pharmaceutical business functions at Marion Laboratories and Syntex Corporation beginning in 1981. Additionally, Mr. Blum has served on the National Board of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and he established the Blum Family Venture Philanthropy Fund to help advance basic science discoveries at the Institute with potential to benefit the Israeli life sciences economy.
Mr. Blum holds bachelor’s degrees in Human Biology and Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.