Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Storgard of Fate Therapeutics

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Storgard of Fate Therapeutics

San Diego’s Fate Therapeutics Inc. has appointed a new chief medical officer in charge of clinical trial design and execution, the company announced Tuesday.

Dr. Chris M. Storgard joined Fate Therapeutics from San Diego-based Ardea Biosciences Inc., an AstraZeneca company, where he was vice president of clinical research and development. Storgard led global clinical trial programs for the AstraZeneca drug Zurampic, which later passed regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe.

At Fate, Storgard will lead the company’s programmed cellular immunotherapy clinical trials, including its lead product candidate ProTmune.

“Chris brings extensive global clinical trial design and execution leadership to our organization, positioning us for success as we launch our Phase 1/2 clinical trial of ProTmune and advance our programmed immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune disorders toward the clinic,” said Scott Wolchko, president and CEO of Fate Therapeutics, in a statement.

Before joining Ardea in 2011, Storgard held senior positions in drug development and medical affairs at Prometheus Laboratories Inc., Biogen Inc., and Amgen Inc., where he focused on biologic and small molecule development programs within the inflammation and oncology teams, according to a Fate news release.

Storgard holds his M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Scripps Clinic and Research Center.

Fate Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FATE), a thinly traded public company with a market cap of about $43 million, is currently trading for $1.53 per share.