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Atara Biotherapeutics appoints Joe Newell as CTO

Atara BiotherapeuticsAtara Biotherapeutics, a biotechnology company, announced that it has appointed Joe Newell as executive vice president and chief technical operations officer.

Prior to joining Atara, Mr. Newell served as the Vice President of North American Manufacturing at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Newell also represented Alexion in Government Affairs activities, established global Environmental Health and Safety and Continuous Improvement programs while also leading due diligence efforts around partnership activities.

Prior to this, Mr. Newell held leadership positions within global operations and manufacturing at Amgen both within Thousand Oaks, Calif., as well as other locations including Puerto Rico.

During his tenure at Amgen, he was the leader for Operations and Strategic Planning, Global Supply Chain and Logistics, Global Distribution and Corporate Manufacturing.

Mr. Newell was also a Plant Manager where he received multiple awards for reliability, effectiveness and lean six sigma execution.

Prior to his tenure at Amgen, he held other Operations Leadership positions with both sponsor and contract manufacturing companies where he was highly accomplished and recognized for his contributions.

Mr. Newell earned a BS degree in biology from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.


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