Francois P. Lilienthal, MD, MBA

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Chief Commercial Officer

François is a globally accomplished biopharmaceutical executive and a trained physician with extensive experience in leading end-to-end development and commercialization of innovative medicines, as well as driving significant growth across diversified portfolios through product launches, life cycle management and business development. He successfully led global and US launches of specialty medicines across multiple therapeutic areas at both small biotech and large pharmaceutical companies and built a unique expertise in transforming the commercialization process and partnering with R&D.

Before joining MindMed as Chief Commercial Officer in April 2022, François led Taniken LLC, a consulting firm focused on the development and commercialization of biopharmaceutical products and technologies.

Prior to Taniken, François was a Vice President and General Manager at Merck’s commercial division for 14 years. In his last role, he built and led a new department focused on building the company pipeline and developing the commercial strategy for multiple products across several therapeutic areas, including neurology, psychiatry and pain. He previously drove double-digit growth of the Virology and Liver Diseases global business and oversaw four global launches of innovative brands for the treatment of HIV and chronic hepatitis C.

Before joining Merck, François progressed his commercial career at Tibotec Therapeutics, a US biotech company, and at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he led several product launches and grew their infectious diseases businesses. Francois started his career in R&D at Sanofi with clinical development and medical affairs roles in the US, Europe, and Japan. François is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases in the European Union and graduated with degrees in medicine (MD), statistics (MS) from the University of Paris, and in business (MBA) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Robert Barrow

Chief Executive Officer and Board Director

Miri Halperin Wernli, PhD Portrait

Miri Halperin Wernli, PhD

Executive President and Board Director

Cynthia Hu, JD Portrait

Cynthia Hu, JD

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

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Daniel R Karlin, MD MA

Chief Medical Officer

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Francois P. Lilienthal, MD, MBA

Chief Commercial Officer

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Robert Malenka, MD PhD

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University

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Peter Bergethon, MD

Member, Scientific Advisory Board VP, Head of Quantitative & Clinical Technologies, Biogen, Inc.

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Robert Dworkin, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry at University of Rochester

Maurizio Fava, MD Portrait

Maurizio Fava, MD

Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

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Maria A Oquendo, MD PhD

Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Bryan L Roth, MD PhD

Professor of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Psychoactive Drug Screening Program

Kenneth Alper, MD Portrait

Kenneth Alper, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the New York University School of Medicine

Peter Gasser, MD Portrait

Peter Gasser, MD

Clinical Advisor

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Stanley D Glick, MD PhD

Scientific Advisor

Matthew W Johnson, PhD Portrait

Matthew W Johnson, PhD

Clinical Advisor

Kim PC Kuypers, PhD Portrait

Kim PC Kuypers, PhD

Scientific Collaborator & Advisor

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Matthias Liechti, MD PhD

Scientific Collaborator & Advisor

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Sarah McCallum, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (DNET) at Albany Medical College

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Natalie Wheeler, PhD

Medical Science Liaison with Dova Pharmaceuticals

John Rotrosen, MD Portrait

John Rotrosen, MD

Professor of Psychiatry with New York University’s Langone’s Department of Psychiatry

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Carol Vallone

Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of Compensation Committee, Member of Audit/Finance Committee

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Andreas Krebs

Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of Nomination and Governance Committee, Member of Audit/Finance Committee

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Sarah Y Vinson, MD

Board Director, Member of Compensation, Nomination, and Governance Committees

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Brigid Makes

Board Director, Chair of Audit/Finance Committee, Member of Compensation Committee, Member of Nomination and Governance Committee

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JR Rahn


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Stephen L Hurst, JD


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Scott Freeman, MD


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Leonard Latchman


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Carrie Liao, CPA

VP, Corporate Controller & Accounting Principal