Dr. Forte has significant experience in regenerative medicine and in the cell therapy industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Zelluna Immunotherapy, a biopharma company focusing on developing transformative T cell receptors (TCR) based cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers. He is currently also serving as Chief Commercialization Officer and Chair of the Commercialization Committee of the International Society of Cellular Therapy (ISCT).
Dr. Forte held in the past a senior position at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), was Vice-President Global Medical Affairs Inflammation at UCB, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at TxCell, a cellular therapy company, where he played a key role in TxCell’s 2014 IPO, and served as Chief Medical Officer of Bone Therapeutics in 2017. In this last position, Dr. Forte was responsible for the Company’s clinical development strategy and advancing its products towards the market. He played a key role in increasing the visibility of the Company throughout the medical community.
With over 20 years professional activity in Clinical, Academic and Pharmaceutical Industry environments with deep experience in the management of operational and strategic functions across Research & Development, Manufacturing, Medical and General Management, Dr. Forte is a recognised leader in the regenerative medicine field who has gained broad expertise in medical and regulatory affairs and commercialisation, leading early and late stage clinical trials to market authorization and the launch of new biologic products for various indications.
Dr. Forte graduated in Medicine from the University of Lisbon, specializing in infectious diseases. He then obtained a PhD in Immunology at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, UK and Associate Professor in Health Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Lisbon.