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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Vimal Mehta

Vimal Mehta, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Dr. Mehta brings over two decades of experience in the pharma and biotech industry…
Richard Steinhart

Richard I. Steinhart

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Steinhart brings significant financial and strategic experience in the biotechnology and medical…

Frank D. Yocca

Frank D. Yocca, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Yocca is an accomplished R&D executive and scientist with extensive experience leading global biopharmaceutical companies…
Chetan

Chetan D. Lathia, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine Clinical Pharmacology and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Lathia has more than 30 years of experience in clinical pharmacology, translational medicine nonclinical development, and regulatory affairs…
Vincent J.O’Neill

Vincent J. O’Neill M.D.

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. O’Neill has proven expertise in therapeutic and diagnostic product development and has held senior leadership…

Robert Risinger, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Neuroscience

Dr. Risinger has extensive experience leading clinical development from first in human through Phase 1-4 clinical trials…

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Javier Rodriguez

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Rodriguez has over 20 years of extensive strategic and legal  experience within the biopharmaceutical…

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Matt Wiley

Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Wiley has over 25 years of sales, marketing, and strategy experience across multiple…
Vimal Mehta

Vimal Mehta, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Dr. Mehta brings over two decades of experience in the pharma and biotech industry, during which he has successfully designed and implemented innovative solutions, established global commercial operations, and led cross-functional teams. During his career, he has garnered a deep understanding of the biopharma and healthcare ecosystem and has been actively involved in generating a range of value creation initiatives in corporate strategy and planning, global business development and corporate fundraising. He is a Co-founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BioXcel Corporation. Dr. Mehta has held various senior scientific and business development positions, including Senior Vice President of Business Development at Inpharmatica Ltd. and Jubilant Life Sciences. Previously, Dr. Mehta served as Business Development Manager at CuraGen Corporation. Dr. Mehta holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delhi, India and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in chemistry at the University of Montpellier, France.
Richard Steinhart

Richard I. Steinhart

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Steinhart brings significant financial and strategic experience in the biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to joining BioXcel Therapeutics, Richard served as Vice President and CFO at Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., until it sold its only asset, CIRARA, to Biogen for $120M plus earn-outs. Prior to joining Remedy Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Steinhart served as an independent consultant to biotechnology and medical device companies. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of MELA Sciences. Prior to joining MELA Sciences, Mr. Steinhart held a variety of senior-level positions at Forest Street Capital/SAE Ventures, a boutique investment banking, venture capital, and management consulting firm focused on healthcare and technology companies, Emisphere Technologies, Inc., and CW Group, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on medical technology. He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Steinhart is a member of the Board of Directors of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Atossa Genetics, Inc. He holds B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Pace University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Frank D. Yocca

Frank D. Yocca, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Yocca is an accomplished R&D executive and scientist with extensive experience leading global biopharmaceutical companies. He has wide-ranging expertise in leading high performance, world-class teams in drug discovery and development whose efforts have resulted in a number of prominent neuroscience products including Buspar®, Serzone® Abilify® and Heltioz®. Dr. Yocca has held leadership roles at AstraZeneca and Bristol Myers Squibb. He is a recognized scientific leader in the neuroscience community and member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He has 45 referred articles, 96 abstracts and 65 invited presentations. Dr. Yocca holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Manhattan College, as well as an M.S. in pharmacology and a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from St. John’s University.
Chetan

Chetan D. Lathia, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine Clinical Pharmacology and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Lathia has more than 30 years of experience in clinical pharmacology, translational medicine nonclinical development, and regulatory affairs at both large and small biopharma companies. He has co-led over 25 Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and 10 New Drug Applications (NDAs)/Biologics License Applications (BLAs) in the U.S and Europe. He led BioXcel Therapeutics’ regulatory strategy and development of Igalmi™ from IND to NDA approval in 3.5 years and has led the regulatory team to eight IND submissions. In addition to presenting development/regulatory strategy at meetings with drug regulators, he has made presentations to the Special Advisory Group (SAG) of the European Medicines Agency, an advisory meeting held by Taiwanese regulators, and at meetings with Chinese and Japanese regulators. Dr. Lathia has also delivered presentations to the FDA on invitation from the agency’s Office of Clinical Pharmacology.

Prior to joining BioXcel Therapeutics, Dr. Lathia served as Vice President and Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Intarcia Therapeutics, where he led the pharmacokinetics (PK)/pharmacodynamics (PD), immunogenicity and bioanalytical strategy. Earlier, he served as Executive Director, Clinical Pharmacology at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, leading the global clinical and nonclinical PK/PD, pharmacometrics, and bioanalytical functions. Dr. Lathia also served as Global Head, Oncology Biomarkers and Pharmacokinetics, and as Global Clinical Pharmacology Leader for Nexavar® at Bayer. In addition, he was Senior Research Associate at Parke-Davis Research, where he was the DMPK & Clinical PK functional leader for the oncology and cardiovascular therapeutic areas. Dr. Lathia earned a doctorate in pharmacokinetics from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, with a gold medal in pharmacology from L M College of Pharmacy, India.
Vincent J.O’Neill

Vincent J. O’Neill M.D.

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. O’Neill has proven expertise in therapeutic and diagnostic product development and has held senior leadership roles at global pharmaceutical companies, including Sanofi, Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Mirna Therapeutics and Exosome Diagnostics, where he oversaw global product development and medical affairs. At both Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline, he managed the clinical and biomarker development programs of several oncology therapeutic candidates. He was instrumental in the expanded approvals of Genentech’s oncology therapeutics, Avastin® and Tarceva®. At GSK, he oversaw the signal transduction discovery unit and led the first IND application and clinical trial of the MEK inhibitor, MEKINIST®. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Dr. O’Neill is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians. He received his M.D. and B.Sc. in molecular pathology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Risinger, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Neuroscience

Dr. Risinger has extensive experience leading clinical development from first in human through Phase 1-4 clinical trials to create a successful commercial product. His expertise includes designing and executing high quality translational studies within Phase 1 and 2 that provide insight and rapidly navigate development to successful registration trials. Prior to joining BioXcel Therapeutics, Dr. Risinger served as Vice President of Clinical Development at NeuroRx Pharmaceuticals and Senior Medical Director, Clinical Development, at Alkermes. In addition, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Bristol Myers Squibb, Ortho-McNeill Janssen Medical Affairs, and Johnson & Johnson.  Dr. Risinger also served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and as Staff Psychiatrist as a Major in the U.S. Air Force. He has a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Allegheny College and M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Javier Rodriguez

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Rodriguez has over 20 years of extensive strategic and legal experience within the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining BioXcel Therapeutics, he served as Chief Legal Officer at Indivior PLC, where he oversaw all legal affairs, data privacy compliance and corporate governance matters for the company, which has operations in over 40 countries. Prior to joining Indivior, he held roles of increasing responsibility at Reckitt Benckiser LLC, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Berlex, Inc. Mr. Rodriguez began his legal career as a litigation associate at Thelen Reid Priest, LLP in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Matt Wiley

Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Wiley has over 25 years of sales, marketing, and strategy experience across multiple specialty product launches. Prior to joining BioXcel Therapeutics, Mr. Wiley served as Chief Commercial Officer at VYNE Therapeutics, overseeing all commercial objectives related to the launch of the company’s first two approved dermatology products, AMZEEQ® and ZILXI®. Previously, he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Unit Lead for Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ sleep medicine unit, where he led the go-to-market strategy and marketing team for SUNOSI™, for narcolepsy and sleep apnea, and developed the successful growth strategy for XYREM™, for narcolepsy, which achieved $1.4 billion in net revenue during his final year. He also served as Vice President of Marketing at Azur Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus in central nervous system disorders, supporting the company from initiation of U.S. operations through its acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Mr. Wiley held roles of increasing responsibility at Cephalon, Salix Pharmaceuticals, and MGI Pharma. He holds a BA in English from Syracuse University.