Our leaders

Determined to solve the intractable

Leadership Team

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Jeff Albers

CEO, President and Member of the Board of Directors

Jeff Albers
CEO, President and Member of the Board of Directors

Jeff has more than 25 years of experience working in the biopharmaceutical industry and bringing important new medicines to patients with cancer and rare diseases. In 2014, he joined Blueprint Medicines as Chief Executive Officer and led the research-stage company through an initial public offering. Since that time, Blueprint Medicines has evolved into a leading precision medicine company with a global, fully integrated business, including two FDA-approved therapies and a rapidly advancing pipeline. Jeff previously served as President of Algeta, where he oversaw the successful commercial launch of a targeted cancer therapy prior to the company’s acquisition by Bayer. Prior to Algeta, he held senior commercial and corporate development positions at Genzyme (now a division of Sanofi), including vice president of the U.S. hematology and oncology business unit. Earlier in his career, Jeff was a life sciences corporate attorney at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo. He currently serves on the board of directors at Magenta Therapeutics, Kymera Therapeutics and the Eastern New England Chapter of the American Cancer Society and is on the board of advisors for Life Sciences Cares. He holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an MBA and J.D. from Georgetown University.

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Debbie Durso-Bumpus

Chief People Officer

Debbie Durso-Bumpus
Chief People Officer

Debbie is an accomplished human resources executive with a focus on providing strategic direction to companies on people matters, managing rapid growth and creating and maintaining high performance cultures. Most recently, Debbie served as the interim head of human resources for Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she was appointed to lead the post-merger human resource integration following the acquisition of Cubist by Merck.  Prior to this role, she was the global senior director for talent management and organizational development at Cubist, where she was primarily responsible for building talent and leadership strength and depth while managing change on a global scale to create a cohesive and highly differentiated culture. Prior to Cubist, Debbie served as the North American manager of talent acquisition and workforce planning at Holcim, Inc., in Waltham, MA. She serves as a member of the board of directors for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training and lifelong learning. Debbie earned a B.S. in business management from Bentley University.

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Kate Haviland

Chief Operating Officer

Kate Haviland
Chief Operating Officer

Kate brings an impressive breadth of experience and leadership within the biopharmaceutical industry, as well as a substantial background in business development, commercial and strategic planning, and program management. She has served as a member of the board of directors for Fulcrum Therapeutics since June 2018. Kate previously served as Chief Business Officer of Blueprint Medicines from January 2016 to January 2019. Prior to joining Blueprint Medicines, she served as Vice President, Rare Diseases and Oncology Program Leadership at Idera Pharmaceuticals. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the product development strategy for Idera Pharmaceuticals’ rare disease and oncology pipeline programs, including preclinical research, manufacturing and drug supply, regulatory affairs, clinical development and execution and commercial planning. Prior to joining Idera Pharmaceuticals, Kate was Head of Commercial Development at Sarepta Therapeutics, where she was responsible for product development and commercial planning and for cultivating relationships with key opinion leaders and patient advocacy groups. In addition, Kate previously served as Executive Director of Commercial Development at PTC Therapeutics and held corporate development and project management roles at Genzyme. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University with a double major in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Economics and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Becker Hewes, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Becker Hewes, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Becker brings 20 years of industry and clinical experience in oncology and hematology, including achieving the approval of three tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Previously, he served as Blueprint Medicines’ Senior Vice President, Clinical Development from May 2020 to January 2021. Prior to joining Blueprint Medicines, Becker served as Chief Medical Officer of Repertoire Immune Medicines (formerly Torque Therapeutics) from February 2017 to May 2020, where he built Repertoire’s multidisciplinary clinical and biomarker team and advanced its lead immuno-oncology programs into clinical development. From June 2013 to February 2017, Becker served as Executive Director of Translational Clinical Oncology at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research where he led clinical development and translational medicine efforts for multiple early-stage oncology programs through clinical proof-of-concept, including Kisqali® (ribociclib), a targeted therapy approved to treat breast cancer, and other programs combining novel therapies. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility related to clinical development in oncology and hematology within AstraZeneca PLC, Genzyme Corporation and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, including leading registration programs for Bosulif® (bosutinib) and Torisel® (temsirolimus) for chronic myelogenous leukemia and mantle cell lymphoma, respectively. Before joining industry, he conducted immuno-oncology research at the Emory Vaccine Center while treating patients as a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Becker holds an M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University.

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Tracey L. McCain, Esq.

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Tracey L. McCain, Esq.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Tracey is an experienced legal professional with over 20 years of legal, management and transactional experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.  Most recently, Tracey served as senior vice president and head of legal for Sanofi Genzyme, a global business unit of Sanofi, as well as a member of Sanofi Genzyme’s executive leadership team and as a member of the leadership team for Sanofi’s global legal department.  Prior to that, Tracey served as Genzyme’s general counsel after it was acquired by Sanofi in 2011.  In her capacity as Genzyme’s general counsel, Tracey was responsible for all aspects of its legal department in the United States and throughout Europe, including general corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters, and support of business development initiatives.  Prior to Genzyme’s acquisition, Tracey was also responsible for managing the securities and employment law teams and support of non-patent litigation.  Before Genzyme, Tracey was an associate at the law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. Tracey received her B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

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Fouad Namouni, M.D.

President, Research & Development

Fouad Namouni, M.D.
President, Research & Development

Fouad brings more than 20 years of oncology and cancer immunotherapy drug development expertise, as well as clinical experience as a pediatric oncologist. Prior to joining Blueprint Medicines, Fouad served in leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) since 1999, including as the global development lead for the company’s practice-changing cancer immunotherapy franchise. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Oncology Development from August 2016 to April 2020, with responsibility for driving product development plans from early-stage clinical development through commercialization across a portfolio of nearly 30 drug candidates. Previously, he served as Head of Global Medical Affairs overseeing 1,700 employees worldwide from September 2015 to September 2017, and he served as Head of Development at BMS for Opdivo® (nivolumab) and Yervoy® (ipilimumab), immunotherapy medications used in the treatment of cancer, from January 2011 to September 2015. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility within BMS. Fouad has served as a member of the board of directors of Aprea Therapeutics Inc. since June 2020. He holds an M.D. from the University of Annaba Medical School in Algeria, and a Pediatrics degree from Université Rene Descartes in Paris, France. In addition, he received a Pediatric Oncology and Hematology degree and an M.S. in clinical and experimental pharmacology from Université Paris-Sud in France.

 

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