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February 17, 2023 BIZ PEOPLE 

Cybrexa names two to leadership roles 


Cybrexa Therapeutics, a New Haven-based, clinical-stage oncology biotech, recently appointed two to key leadership positions.

Laurie Kenvin is now serving as the company’s vice president of clinical operations, and Nick Saccomano is a new member of the company’s scientific advisory board.

President and CEO Per Hellsund said the company is excited to strengthen the organization with these additions.

“They bring over 50 years combined therapeutic and clinical expertise; both critical to the expansion of our leadership and advisory teams as we expand our (oncology drug candidate) CBX-12 clinical development program into Phase 2 clinical trials and further advance our other important pipeline assets,” Hellsund said.

Kenvin previously spent 13 years at Celgene as senior director of global clinical projects. Her background includes leading large-scale, international phase II-IV clinical trials.

Saccomano has more than 35 years of research, development and management experience across multiple therapeutic areas. He most recently served as chief science officer and site head at Pfizer Boulder R & D, formally Array BioPharma Inc.

Cybrexa, which was founded in 2017, has a pipeline of treatments aimed at targeting breast, ovarian and non-small-cell lung cancers, plus a range of other tumors. 


SCSU faculty member garners dissertation award

Lisa Haylon

Lisa Haylon, an assistant professor of accounting at Southern Connecticut State University, recently was awarded the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award. 

Haylon, a Hamden resident, received the award for her dissertation, “An Investigation of the Tactics Used to Create Collusive Fraud Teams.”

She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Scranton. 

A certified public accountant, Haylon previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and served as an adjunct professor at Fairfield University.

The Barrett award is competitive, with winners picked on criteria such as relevance to the topic of internal auditing, methodology, clarity of presentation and quality of data.

The IIA is a professional organization for accountants with an international membership of more than 200,000.

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