Iovance Biotherapeutics
Solebury Trout Talks: Interview with Maria Fardis, Iovance - Part of the NameTag Series




Dr. Fardis has extensive experience in drug development and novel cancer treatments. While at Iovance, the lifileucel (TIL for melanoma) has been transformed to a product which is in late stage development toward commercialization for metastatic melanoma. Prior to joining Iovance Biotherapeutics, Dr. Fardis was chief operating officer at Acerta Pharma working on the development of CALQUENCE® (acalabrutinib), until the company’s acquisition by AstraZeneca. Before joining Acerta, Dr. Fardis held the position of chief of oncology operations and alliances at Pharmacyclics where she oversaw development of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib). She was a key contributor in the creation of a broad clinical program for ibrutinib, as well as NDA and MAA submissions. Previously, Dr. Fardis held a number of key scientific and management roles at Gilead Sciences. At Gilead, she was involved with multiple therapeutic areas including antivirals, oncology, and cardiovascular therapeutics and worked on the development and life cycle management of LETAIRIS® (ambrisentan). She received her PhD in organic chemistry from UC Berkeley and holds an MBA.