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Kyverna Therapeutics, Top Cell Therapy Company, Hires Portia Serame as Vice President of Human Resources

Kyverna Therapeutics, a clinical-stage cell therapy company with the mission of engineering a new class of therapies for autoimmune diseases, has appointed Portia Serame as Vice President (VP) of Human Resources (HR). Kyverna Therapeutics partnered with Frederickson Partners on the executive search.

In her role as VP of HR, Portia will help Kyverna scale the organization, building and developing a high-performance culture to attract and retain remarkable talent, and create programs to nurture employees and empower them to excel. Portia will report to Kyverna’s CEO, Peter Maag.

Portia joins Kyverna Therapeutics from ReCor Medical, where she served as Senior Director of HR. There she provided leadership and expertise for the full scope of HR functions. Previously, Portia was a Senior Director of HR at FUJIFILM Wako Diagnostics USA. Portia also brings HR leadership experience from GE Healthcare, Affymetrix and Microchip Biotechnologies, Inc. She holds a B.S. in Microbiology and Psychology from University of California, as well as an HR Management Certificate from San Francisco State University.

Kyverna Therapeutics is a clinical-stage cell therapy company with the mission of engineering a new class of therapies for autoimmune diseases. The Kyverna therapeutic platform combines advanced T-cell engineering and synthetic biology technologies to suppress and eliminate the autoreactive immune cells at the origin of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Kyverna’s pipeline includes next-generation chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapies in both autologous and allogeneic formats with properties well suited for use in B cell-driven autoimmune diseases. By offering more than one mechanism for taming autoimmunity, Kyverna is positioned to act on its mission of transforming how autoimmune diseases are treated. For more information, please visit

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