Dr. Steven Paul
Chief Executive Officer and CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Steven Paul, M.D., is an expert in central nervous system (CNS) drug discovery and development. He spent 17 years at Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), during which time he held several key leadership roles, including Executive Vice President for Science and Technology and President of the Lilly Research Laboratories, where he was responsible for the Company's overall research and development efforts for CNS drugs such as Zyprexa® and Cymbalta®. At Lilly, Dr. Paul also helped oversee the development of xanomeline where its antipsychotic and procognitive properties were initially demonstrated. Prior to Lilly, Steve spent 18 years at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and served as the Scientific Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Paul is a Co-founder and Board Member of Sage Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SAGE), a Co-founder of Voyager Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VYGR) where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALNY). Dr. Paul is the former Director of the Appel Alzheimer Disease Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University of St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Paul has authored or co-authored more than 550 papers and book chapters. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is also an elected Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and served as ACNP President (1999). Dr. Paul is the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) and previously served on the Science Board of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in addition to serving on other advisory committee and receiving many awards and honors.
Dr. Andrew Miller
founder, Director and Chief operating Officer
Dr. Miller is a Founder, Director, and the Chief Operating Officer of Karuna Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Miller is the lead inventor of Karuna's KarXT platform and served as CEO of Karuna from 2016-2018. In 2016, Dr. Miller was named one of the top 40 innovators under 40 by MedTech Boston. Previously, Dr. Miller was a Vice President at PureTech Health for 8 years, most recently as Vice President, the COO of Tal Medical, and the acting-COO of Entrega where he serves on the board. Dr. Miller completed his doctoral work in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received the MIT Presidential fellow and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship awards. Dr. Miller received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois with highest honors.
DR. STEPHEN BRANNAN
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. Brannan is a neuroscience drug development expert who has held senior positions overseeing both clinical development and medical affairs with more than 15 years of industry experience. Previously, Dr. Brannan was the Therapeutic Head of Neuroscience at Takeda and Vice President for Clinical Research and Medical Affairs at Forum Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Brannan has been active in the development of multiple important central nervous system treatments including Cymbalta, Exelon Patch, Trintellix, and VNS for Treatment Resistant Depression while holding various senior roles at Forum, Takeda, Novartis, Cyberonics, and Eli Lilly. His experience includes drug development, registration, medical affairs, launch and lifecycle management across psychiatry and neurology. Dr. Brannan is a board certified and is a member of several scientific societies and groups, including ISCTM, ISCDD, AARR, IOM Neuroforum, and CNS Summit (founding member). Prior to joining the Pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Brannan worked on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he specialized in seeing Mood and Anxiety disorder patients, ran a clinical research unit, and did neuroimaging research at the Research Imaging Center. Dr. Brannan trained in psychiatry at UTHSCSA and holds a M.D. degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas (Southwestern Medical School). He has over 40 publications and routinely gives invited talks and presentation at industry conferences.
Dr. Alan Breier
chief clinical advisor
Dr. Alan Breier is Karuna’s Chief Clinical Advisor. Dr. Breier previously was the Chief Medical Officer at Eli Lilly and is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Clinical Research at Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief of the Psychotic Disorders Program. He is also the Director of Research at Larue Carter Hospital. He was a member of Lilly Research Laboratories’ policy committee and the company’s senior management council. Previously, Dr. Breier was a clinical research fellow at Eli Lilly, product team leader for the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa and Vice President of Pharmaceutical Products at Eli Lilly. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Dr. Breier was Chief of the section of clinical studies at the NIMH Intramural Research Program and prior to that the Chief of the outpatient research program at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. He has published over 250 scientific articles and is the recipient of several awards.
Dr. BHARATT CHOWRIRA
Bharatt Chowrira, JD, PhD, has been the President and Chief of Business and Strategy at PureTech Health since March 2017. Prior to joining PureTech Health, Dr. Chowrira was the President of Synlogic, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing synthetic microbiome-based therapeutics, from September 2015 to February 2017, where he oversaw and managed corporate and business development, alliance management, financial, human resources, intellectual property and legal operations. Prior to joining Synlogic, Dr. Chowrira was the Chief Operating Officer of Auspex Pharmaceuticals from 2013 to 2015, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals in the Spring of 2015. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Addex Therapeutics from 2011 to 2013, a biotechnology company publicly-traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Prior to that Dr. Chowrira held various leadership and management positions at Nektar Therapeutics (COO), Merck & Co (VP), Sirna Therapeutics (GC; acquired by Merck &Co) and Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals (Chief Patent Counsel). Dr. Chowrira is currently a member of the board of directors of Akili Interactive and Karuna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Chowrira received a JD from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, an MS in Molecular Biology from Illinois State University and a BS in Microbiology from the UAS, Bangalore, India.
Dr. Eric elenko
Dr. Elenko is a Non-Executive Director. Dr. Elenko is the Chief of Research and Strategy at PureTech Health where he has led the development of a number of programs, including Akili Interactive Labs, Gelesis, Karuna Pharmaceuticals and Sonde Health. Previously, Dr. Elenko was a consultant with McKinsey and Company where he advised senior executives of both Fortune 500 and specialty pharmaceutical companies on a range of issues such as product licensing, mergers and acquisitions, research and development strategy and marketing. Dr. Elenko received his BA in Biology from Swarthmore College and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Edmund Harrigan
Dr. Harrigan is a Non-Executive Director. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Safety and Regulatory for Pfizer Inc. from 2012 to 2015, where he led a 3,500-person team in 80 countries that was responsible for collecting, interpreting and reporting clinical safety data for more than 600 marketed products, and managed regulatory interactions with global health agencies. Dr. Harrigan’s previous executive leadership roles at Pfizer include serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Business Development, Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and Vice President, Head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology. Earlier in his career at Pfizer, Dr. Harrigan served as Vice President of Clinical Development, Therapeutic Area Head, CNS and Pain. Before entering the pharmaceutical industry in 1990, Dr. Harrigan was a practicing neurologist for seven years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Harrigan earned his B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. Anselm College and holds an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Worcester. He also attended the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. JOEP Muijrers
Joep Muijrers, Ph.D., is the Chief Financial Officer at PureTech Health. Dr. Muijrers has two decades of experience in corporate and capital finance, specifically focused on public market investment, M&A, portfolio management, strategic asset allocation, financial and regulatory reporting, and fundraising. Prior to joining PureTech Health, he was a Portfolio Manager and Partner at LSP (Life Sciences Partners), a trans-Atlantic investor group with exclusive focus on life sciences. At LSP, Dr. Muijrers was responsible for investing in publicly-traded companies, a strategy that generated a total return in excess of 900%, more than twice the return of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index during the same period (Q2 2008 - Q1 2018). Notable investments included companies that were acquired by large pharma (Ablynx, Colucid, InterMune, Kite Pharma, NeuroDerm) and/or became leaders in their respective areas of activity (Evotec, Genmab, GW Pharmaceuticals, MorphoSys, Neurocrine). Prior to joining LSP, he held the position of Director Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at Fortis Bank, currently part of ABN AMRO. Dr. Muijrers holds a PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Stephen Muniz, JD, is a Non-Executive director. Mr. Muniz the Chief Operating Officer and a member of PureTech Health’s Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Muniz was a Partner in the Corporate Department of Locke Lord LLP, where he practiced law for 10 years. Mr. Muniz’s practice at Locke Lord LLP focused on the representation of life science venture funds as well as their portfolio companies in general corporate matters and in investment and liquidity transactions.
Prior to joining Locke Lord LLP, Mr. Muniz was a law clerk to Hon. Raya Dreben at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was also a Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellow, a programme sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. Mr. Muniz also sits on the board of directors of Karuna, Entrega, Follica and Gelesis. Mr. Muniz has a BA in Economics and Accounting from The College of the Holy Cross and a JD from the New England School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Muniz was Valedictorian of the 1997 New England School of Law Commencement and has been awarded the Amos L. Taylor Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the New England Scholar Award and the NESL Trustee Scholar Award.
Robert Nelsen is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 100 companies, including nineteen which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Unity Biotechnology (UBX); Sienna Biopharmaceuticals (SNNA); Vir Biotechnology, Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); GRAIL, Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH), Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics (DNLI); Rubius Therapeutics, KSQ Therapeutics, Beam Therapeutics, NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Array BioPharma (ARRY); Editas (EDIT), IDUN Pharmaceuticals; Classmates.com; Hua Medicine; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); WuxiNextCODE; and Everyday Learning Corporation. He previously served as a Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and was a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Nelsen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound with majors in Economics and Biology.
dr. atul pande
Dr. Pande is a Non-Executive Director. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of psychiatry and neurosciences and an expertise in drug development. Dr. Pande is the former Senior Vice President, Head of Neuroscience, and Senior Advisor, Pharmaceutical R&D at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Pande has been active in the development of multiple important central nervous system drugs while holding various senior roles in Pfizer R&D, ParkeDavis/Warner-Lambert, and Lilly Research Laboratories. His experience includes drug development, registration, launch and lifecycle management in the areas of anxiety, depression, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Dr. Pande is a psychiatrist and fellow of several scientific societies, including the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pande currently serves as Senior Advisor to PureTech Health; on the Board of Directors of Autifony Therapeutics; on the Scientific Advisory Board of Cennerv Pharma; and as President of Verity BioConsulting. He began his career as a faculty member at the University of Michigan Medical School where his research focused on mood disorders. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and over 100 abstracts, book chapters, and book reviews.
Dr. Bennett Shapiro
Dr. Shapiro is a Non-Executive Director. He was previously Executive Vice President of Research for Merck. In this position he was responsible for all basic and preclinical research activities at Merck worldwide. Dr. Shapiro led the research program that resulted in FDA registration of approximately 25 drugs and vaccines. In addition to overseeing Merck internal research, Shapiro was responsible for in-licensing activities. Previously, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington.
He is the author of over 120 papers on the molecular regulation of cellular behavior and the biochemical events that integrate the cascade of cellular activations at fertilization. He has served on many institutional advisory boards and scientific review panels, and has been a member of the board of various life science companies, including Momenta, Celera and Ikaria. He also sits on the boards of PureTech Health, the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative and the Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Shapiro received his MD from Jefferson Medical College.