Press Release

Editas Medicine Strengthens Executive Leadership Team to Support Long-term Growth

January 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST

Michelle Robertson joins as Chief Financial Officer

Manufacturing veteran Harry Gill joins in newly created role of Senior Vice President, Operations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Editas Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDIT), a leading genome editing company, today announced the appointment of Michelle Robertson as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, and the appointment of Harry Gill in the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Operations, both effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle and Harry join Editas and round out our executive team.  Michelle’s proven financial acumen, ability to deliver valuable business tools and improve business processes, and strong interpersonal skills will be invaluable in helping drive our growth. Harry is an accomplished leader with significant expertise in quality, plant operations, technical services, and operational excellence,” said Cynthia Collins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Editas Medicine.

“This is truly an exciting time to join Editas Medicine. As we advance our pipeline of medicines towards the clinic and to the people who need them, I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver on our mission for patients and stakeholders,” said Michelle Robertson, Chief Financial Officer, Editas Medicine.

“The opportunity to be on the front-line of making this new class of potentially game-changing medicines for people around the world is unique, and I am looking forward to working with the team to build our capabilities and capacity to manufacture and create a supply chain to move several experimental medicines into the clinic,” remarked Harry Gill, Senior Vice President, Operations, Editas Medicine.

Collins added, “I look forward to working with Michelle, Harry, and the rest of our strong executive team as progress through the clinical trial for EDIT-101, advance our pipeline, and execute on our bold vision to develop transformative, durable medicines for people living with serious diseases.”

Michelle Robertson brings to Editas Medicine more than 25 years of biotech finance and commercial operations management experience.  Ms. Robertson joins Editas Medicine from Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she held roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Momenta, Ms. Robertson was Vice President, Oncology Finance for Baxalta, Inc. (which was acquired by Shire PLC in 2016) following its spin-out from Baxter International in July 2015. Before that, Ms. Robertson served as head of Financial Planning and Analysis and Operations at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and, prior to that, she held various leadership positions in the Oncology and Biosurgery divisions with Finance and Commercial Operations, focusing on financial analysis for business development, acquisition integrations, and divestitures at Genzyme Corporation. Ms. Robertson earned a BS in Finance from Bentley University.

Harry Gill brings more than 30 years of life sciences experience to Editas Medicine. Throughout his career, Mr. Gill has held leadership roles in quality, plant operations, technical services, and operational excellence, including serving as Senior Vice President of Quality and Continuous Improvement at Patheon Pharmaceuticals (now ThermoFisher Scientific). Earlier in his career, he held various positions at Wyeth (now Pfizer Pharmaceuticals) and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Gill received a BS degree in biology from Milligan College and a MS in microbiology from East Tennessee State University

About Editas Medicine
As a leading genome editing company, Editas Medicine is focused on translating the power and potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cas12a (also known as Cpf1) genome editing systems into a robust pipeline of treatments for people living with serious diseases around the world. Editas Medicine aims to discover, develop, manufacture, and commercialize transformative, durable, precision genomic medicines for a broad class of diseases. For the latest information and scientific presentations, please visit

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Cristi Barnett
(617) 401-0113

Mark Mullikin
(617) 401-9083

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Source: Editas Medicine, Inc.