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Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals Inc.

A Novel Approach to Neuroprotection

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Cambridge, MA, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2014
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals is a preclinical neuroscience drug development company with a novel small molecule drug for the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injuries and concussions. The company has demonstrated significant neuroprotective efficacy in mouse, rat, pig, and non-human primate models, with acute treatment administered as late as 24 hours post injury. The company has raised ~$10M in public and private investment.


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    Co-Founder and CEO

    Previously VP of Worldwide R&D Business Operations at Pfizer;
    Managed annual investment business plans from all of Pfizer’s Research Units and functional Partner Lines and the setting of annual investment and budget targets;
    Championed and secured $24M in capital to overall Pfizer’s Project and Resource Planning, which he led and successfully implemented over 2011-2014;
    5 year biopharma strategist as Engagement Manager at L.E.K. Consulting

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    VP of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

    Formerly a Pfizer Vice-President in Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism (PDM) leading the operations of the largest PDM site, and guiding the work of >200 scientists; central roles in the successful discovery and clinical advancement of well over 100 diverse compounds targeting therapeutic endpoints in neuroscience and other TAs.

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    Co-Founder and Director

    Professor of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
    Research focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of protection during acute brain injury, ischemic stress, and aging
    Sole inventor on US Patent #8,618,074 (licensed to Astrocyte)
    International leader in Ca+2 signaling; discovered intracellular spiral Ca+2 waves
    Over 50 peer-reviewed publications