Sharathchandra Hegde, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since August 2019. Previously, Dr. Hegde spent 19 years from September 1999 to July 2019 at Theravance Biopharma where he was Senior Vice President and Head of Research. Before Theravance, Dr. Hegde spent 9 years at Syntex Corporation, later acquired by Roche Holdings, Ltd. Dr. Hegde obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Houston and obtained his B.Pharm/M.Pharm degree in Pharmacy/Pharmacology from the University of Mumbai in India. He has participated in the discovery of several new medicines including the marketed medicines Vibativ® (telavancin), Yupelri® (revefenancin), Aloxi® (palonosteron) and others in late stage development including TD-1473 (Phase 2/3 for IBD) and ampreloxetine (Phase 3 for neurogenic orthostatic hypotension).
Dr. Hegde has over 30 years of leadership experience in strategic and tactical aspects of drug-discovery and early clinical development. Dr. Hegde has been trained in classical pharmacology and possesses extensive experience in enabling discovery of drugs in multiple therapeutic areas including infectious, cardiovascular, respiratory, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, neurology, fibrosis, oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.