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Sean McCarthy, D. Phil.
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sean McCarthy, D. Phil, joined CytomX in 2011 and has more than twenty years of experience in the biotechnology industry encompassing roles in R&D management, business development and financing. Following completion of his post-doctoral training at the DNAX Research Institute (now Merck Palo Alto) Dr. McCarthy held research leadership and program management roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where he managed therapeutic protein discovery programs. From Millennium he joined SGX Pharmaceuticals where he spearheaded a wide range of pharma partnerships as vice president, business development. He also served on the SGX management team that led a successful initial public offering in 2006 (SGXP; subsequently acquired by Lilly). Prior to joining CytomX Dr. McCarthy was a transactional partner at Pappas Ventures responsible for investments in therapeutic, medical device and molecular diagnostic companies including LEAD Therapeutics (acquired by Biomarin), TyRx (acquired by Medtronic), Lumena (acquired by Shire). Dr. McCarthy is an author on multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications, issued patents and filed patent applications. He received his B.Sc. in biochemistry and pharmacology at King’s College, University of London; his M.B.A. from the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego; and a D. Phil. in cancer biology from St. John’s College, University of Oxford. Dr. McCarthy is a Board member of the California Life Sciences Association.