Rosanna Ricafort, M.D., Director

Rosanna Ricafort is Vice President, Head of Cell Therapy Clinical Development at Bristol Myers Squibb. In this role, she is a core member of the Cell Therapy Leadership Team and drives the implementation of globally aligned clinical development strategies to bring transformational CAR T therapies to patients. Dr. Ricafort has been with BMS since 2015, and has held increasing leadership positions in Immuno-Oncology Research and Development. Among her roles, she led the Pediatric Oncology Development Team and helped guide the formation of the Pediatric Center of Excellence, focused on the vision and growth of BMS asset development strategies in pediatrics, including consideration for scientific, regulatory and clinical activities. In addition, she was responsible for multiple development programs across solid tumors and
hematologic malignancies, including elotuzumab in multiple myeloma and nivolumab in Hodgkin lymphoma, and led the clinical due diligence of Bristol Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Celgene, the largest acquisition in the healthcare industry to date. Prior to joining BMS, Dr. Ricafort started her industry career at Celgene, where she supported the multiple myeloma franchise leading clinical studies and delivering the successful launch for lenalidomide’s NDMM indication.

Dr. Ricafort is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist and bone marrow transplant physician. She established and directed the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Montefiore Medical Center, NY, where she held a faculty appointment for over 10 years. She earned her Medical Doctorate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She was a research fellow in MSKCC-Sloan Kettering Institute’s Department of Human Genetics and Immunology working on gene transfer and adoptive cellular therapy strategies in the Sadelain lab.

Rosanna has been involved with Happiness Is Camping since 2004, served as volunteer camp physician from 2004-2015 and is a passionate advocate for HIC.