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Former Nightstar Exec Gregory Robinson Joins Akouos as Chief Scientific Officer

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Gregory Robinson has joined Akouos as chief scientific officer, the same position he held at gene therapy developer Nightstar Therapeutics. Nightstar was acquired by Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) earlier this year. Robinson’s experience also includes positions at Agilis Biotherapeutics, Shire, and Eyetech Pharmaceuticals. In other moves, Akouos co-founder Michael McKenna expanded his role to full-time chief medical officer after serving on a part-time basis since last year. Boston-based Akouos secured $50 million in financing last year to support development of a gene therapy to treat inherited forms of hearing loss.