Heptares expands executive management team


With the appointment of Daniel Grau as president

Heptares Therapeutics, a GPCR drug discovery company, has appointed Daniel Grau as president.

Grau, who has been a senior advisor to Heptares focused on business development and corporate strategy since 2010, is based in Boston, MA, US and will have broad responsibilities for corporate and commercial development. He joins Heptares as it enters a new stage of growth and value creation, building upon a year of pipeline breakthroughs and corporate deals.

Focused on novel GPCR-targeted medicines, Heptares has assembled a pipeline of therapeutic agents for serious neurological (CNS) and metabolic disorders, including Alzheimer\'s disease, Parkinson\'s disease, schizophrenia, anxiety, chronic insomnia and type II diabetes. The firm has signed commercial partnerships with pharma companies such as Takeda, AstraZeneca, Shire and Novartis.

Malcolm Weir, Heptares’ chief executive commented: ‘As a key advisor to the company over the past year, Dan contributed significantly to our business development deals and to defining our pipeline strategy. His leadership in corporate and commercial development will be increasingly valuable as Heptares’ pipeline progresses and as partnerships organise around defined regions of GPCR target space.’

Grau is currently a member of the Product Advisory Board of Concert Pharmaceuticals. Previously he served as president and ceo of Cortria Corporation, chief operating officer of CombinatoRx (today Zalicus), and as a business consultant to Pharmacia Corporation (today Pfizer).