René Russo, Pharm.D.

Board Member

Dr. Russo has more than 20 years of experience leading all aspects of R&D and commercialization in the biopharmaceutical industry. She is currently the CEO of Xilio Therapeutics, a privately held immuno-oncology company focused on tumor-selective activation of potent IO therapeutics. Prior to Xilio, Dr. Russo was the president and CEO of Arsanis, a company developing monoclonal antibodies to prevent and treat serious infectious diseases, which merged with X4 Pharmaceuticals in 2018. Prior to Arsanis, she spent 12 years at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a leading global anti-infective company acquired by Merck for $9.6 billion. Dr. Russo also held R&D roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she contributed to the development and global commercialization of several successful products, including REYATAZ and BARACLUDE. Dr. Russo serves on the boards of Xilio Therapeutics, X4 Pharmaceuticals and Life Science Cares.

She holds a B.S. in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Rutgers University.