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SQZ Biotech Exec Agarwal Surfaces as Epizyme Chief Medical Officer

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Shefali Agarwal has joined Cambridge, MA-based Epizyme (NASDAQ: EPZM) as chief medical officer. Before coming to Epizyme, Agarwal most recently worked at SQZ Biotech, where she was chief medical officer. She has also held leadership roles at Curis and Tesaro (NASDAQ: TSRO). Epizyme develops therapies based on epigenetics—turning certain genes on or off without altering the underlying genetic sequence. The company’s lead drug candidate, tazemetostat, is in Phase 1 and 2 studies testing it as a treatment for several different types of cancer.