As an accomplished physician, drug developer and biotech executive, Dr. Sukumar Nagendran brings to Solid more than 30 years of experience in key functional areas, including gene therapy development, clinical development strategy, medical affairs and diagnostics.
Sukumar Nagendran, M.D., has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2018. Since February 2020, Dr. Nagendran has served as Chief Medical Officer and President of R&D at Jaguar Gene Therapy. Prior to that, he was most recently the Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President of AveXis Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company, or AveXis, from September 2015 to July 2018, prior to the company’s acquisition by Novartis.
Prior to AveXis, Dr. Nagendran was Vice President of Medical Affairs of Quest Diagnostics, a provider of diagnostic information services, from March 2013 to September 2015. Prior to Quest Diagnostics, Dr. Nagendran held key leadership positions at Pfizer, Novartis, Daiichi Sankyo, and Reata Pharmaceuticals. Prior to moving to the biotech industry, Dr. Nagendran practiced internal medicine, with a focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is a Mayo Alumni Laureate and founding member of the Robert Wood Johnson Legacy Society. He is also the sponsor for the Fonseca-Nagendran Scholar award at the American Diabetes Association to enhance research in minority populations.
Dr. Nagendran currently serves on the Board of directors of SalioGen Therapuetics and Taysha Gene Therapy. Dr. Nagendran received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and his M.D. from Rutgers Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.