Close up portrait of Ayako Wakatsuki Pedersen

Ayako Wakatsuki Pedersen, Ph. D.

VP, Translational Research

Ayako is an experienced cancer immunologist with extensive experience leading the preclinical development of cancer vaccines and immunotherapeutic drugs. She joined IO Biotech in 2017 to lead preclinical and translational research at the company. Prior to joining IO Biotech, she was Head of R&D at DanDrit Biotech ApS, leading the development of dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines. Prior to joining industry, Ayako held academic positions at Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at University of Oxford, UK and at Duke University Medical Center, NC USA. She received her PhD in Immunology from University College London, UK.