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Chief Medical Officer, Head of R&D
“I am fearless because I push myself outside of my comfort zone.”
Dr. Gheuens joined Agios in December 2019, became chief medical officer in September 2021 and took on the additional role of head of R&D in August 2022. She previously served as Agios’ head of clinical development for the genetically defined disease programs, as well as the interim head of regulatory affairs. She has been instrumental in completing the pivotal Phase 3 program for pyruvate kinase deficiency and leading simultaneous regulatory submissions to the FDA and EMA in this indication, as well as designing the pivotal programs for thalassemia, sickle cell disease and the pediatric indications.
Prior to joining Agios, Dr. Gheuens worked at Biogen, where she held roles of increasing responsibility in safety, medical affairs and clinical development. Her work was critical for the approval of SPINRAZA®. Before joining Biogen, Dr. Gheuens worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), taking care of patients with HIV and neurological complications and doing research on progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Dr. Gheuens received her medical degree from the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium, and completed her neurology residency at the University Hospital of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, followed by an HIV/neurology fellowship at BIDMC, Boston, Mass., USA. She also holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and a Master’s in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School.