Dr. Amy Peterson, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer at CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. discusses its Probody ® therapeutic platform and pipeline to destroy cancer, differently – designing biologic therapies to preferentially engage and kills cancer cells, not healthy cells, thanks to an ingenious gatekeeping mechanism that masks a therapeutic’s binding site until it is conditionally activated and removed by conditions common to the tumor microenvironment. She also talks about the company’s clinical-stage research programs and their leadership in the growing space of conditional activation therapy in oncology.
Amy Peterson, M.D. joined CytomX in October 2019 as executive vice president and chief development officer, and was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer in 2022. Prior to joining CytomX, Dr. Peterson was chief medical officer of immuno-oncology at BeiGene, Ltd. where she created and led a global oncology development organization with direct medical oversight and accountability of seven clinical assets in over 30 global trials in all phases of development in solid tumor indications. Prior to BeiGene, Dr. Peterson was vice president of clinical development at Medivation where she was primarily responsible for the development of enzalutamide (XTANDI ®) and talazoparib (TALZENNA ®) in breast cancer. Previously, Dr. Peterson served as associate group medical director at Genentech, where she was responsible for the development of early stage molecules targeting multiple major pathways in oncology. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Peterson was an Instructor of Medicine in Oncology at the University of Chicago, where she conducted translational research in tumor immunology in conjunction with Dr. Thomas F. Gajewski. She currently serves on the board of The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation. Dr. Peterson received her M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Peterson received her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University.