Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS
Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Allogene. He currently serves as Chairman of Two River Group, UroGen Pharma and Kronos Bio and Co-Chairman of Breakthrough Properties. He is a Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Vida Ventures.
In 2009, Arie founded Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer until the acquisition of Kite by Gilead Sciences in October 2017. Arie has had a distinguished tenure in the life sciences, having been closely involved with the founding and advancement of several successful biopharmaceutical companies including Cougar Biotechnology and Agensys. Abiraterone, developed by Cougar, is a mainstay of therapy for patients with metastatic prostate cancer.
Arie is a Professor of Urology, holds the Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology, and is Director of the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Prior to joining UCLA, Arie was at the National Cancer Institute/NIH as a research fellow in surgical oncology and immunotherapy under Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg. He completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, his post-graduate studies in Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and his residency in urologic surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.
Arie has authored several books on oncology and more than 500 scientific and medical papers related to urological cancers, immunotherapy, gene therapy and cancer vaccines.
Rebecka Belldegrun, M.D.
Rebecka serves on the Boards of Kronos Bio, Breakthrough Properties, First Media Corporation and Baby First TV, and as a Trustee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Caltech University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel, and is on the Advisory Board for the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Rebecka served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, The University of Pennsylvania Parents Leadership Committee, as member of the Board of Advisors to the RAND Corporation, and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
Rebecka graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and completed her residency in Ophthalmology and a postdoctoral Fellowship in Corneal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Prior to founding Bellco Capital, Rebecka established Intertech Corporation, a New York and Los Angeles-based Real Estate company specializing in development, investments, and acquisitions. During her role as President of Intertech, she built a portfolio of hotels and commercial properties in Europe, Scandinavia, and Israel.