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Ken Carlson, Ph.D.

Lead Senior Staff Scientist

Ken Carlson, Ph.D.

Carlson has over 25 years experience as a drug hunter in biotech and big pharma and comes to the Wyss to help promote therapeutic innovation in the Bio-Inspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics Platform. Trained as a biochemist, pharmacologist and molecular biologist, Carlson has a scientific reputation as an expert in receptor biology, allosterism and cell signaling. Carlson has extensive experience both as a hands-on scientist and as a leader of drug discovery teams and organizations. He has extensive expertise in small molecule and peptide-based therapeutics and biomarker discovery and has brought numerous compounds into clinical development across a variety of disease indications. Having worked in both biotech start-ups and big pharma, Carlson has been on both the selling and buying sides of the table and understands well the business of drug discovery/development. Carlson received his PhD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

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