Moderna Therapeutics Appoints VP HR CMC from Search by Hanold Associates


Moderna Therapeutics has appointed Laurel Ostrom as Vice President Human Resources, CMC based in Norwood, Massachusetts. Hanold Associates’ Sandra Peña, Kile Hanold, Katrina Prospero and Ashley Schiele led the search.

Laurel Ostrom held HRBP roles in Research and Development at Shire and then Takeda Pharmaceuticals before joining Moderna. Reporting to the CHRO of Moderna, Tracey Franklin, Ms. Ostrom will establish and maintain effective relationships between the business and its employees at the Norwood, Massachusetts Clinical Manufacturing site overseeing several HR Managers. Her primary responsibility will be to support the Head and Vice President of Technical Development, ensuring alignment between the business operations, leaders, the people strategy and employees.

“Laurel is a highly talented, strategic business partner who brings strong HR expertise within industry,” said Sandra Peña, Hanold Partner. “She has a successful track record with biotech companies, and will no doubt be a tremendous asset to Moderna as they continue on the development journey and work towards becoming fully-commercial.”

Moderna Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on pioneering the development of a new class of drugs utilizing messenger RNA (mRNA). This new and innovative drug platform builds on the discovery that modified mRNA can direct the body’s cellular machinery to produce nearly any protein desired, from native proteins to antibodies and other entirely novel protein constructs that can have therapeutic activity inside and outside of cells. These proteins have the potential to prevent, treat or cure diseases, including those that are currently not addressable, by going inside cells to direct how they operate. Moderna’s mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.

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