Executive Management Team
Remy Luthringer, PhD
Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Remy Luthringer was named Executive Chairman of the Board on February 5, 2018 and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. since November 2014. He has been involved in the development of more than 150 active molecules for clinical trials in the central nervous system. Dr. Luthringer is an Advisor at Medicxi Ventures, formerly Index Ventures, a venture capital firm comprising all of the life sciences portfolio companies, funds and team from Index Ventures. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Index Ventures, with a focus on investments in healthcare infrastructure. He was also the head of the FORENAP Institute for Research in Neurosciences and Neuropsychiatry in France. Dr. Luthringer has extensive experience in clinical psychiatric practice and holds a PhD in neurosciences and clinical pharmacology.
Geoff Race, FCMA, MBA
Mr. Race was one of the founders of Minerva having joined the company as a consultant in July 2010 and has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since May 2014, and Chief Business Officer since January 2016. Prior to Minerva, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Funxional Therapeutics Ltd., the lead program of which (FX125L) was acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim in 2012. He also previously served as Chief Financial Officer at PanGenetics B.V. between 2006 and 2010, where the lead program (PG110) was acquired by Abbot Laboratories in 2009. Mr. Race is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and earned his M.B.A. from Durham University Business School (UK).
Michael Davidson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Davidson has extensive experience in the research and development of drugs to treat diseases of the central nervous system. He has been a consultant for a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and is a board member and reviewer for several professional organizations and neuroscience and psychiatry publications. Dr. Davidson has received the Neuroscience Award from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology and from the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is the recipient of over 50 research grants and has published over 300 articles primarily in peer reviewed journals in the areas of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Frederick Ahlholm, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ahlholm joined Minerva as a consultant in January 2014, and then held the positions of Chief Accounting Officer starting from July 2014 and Senior Vice President starting from May 2015. Prior to Minerva, he served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq: AMRN), where he helped direct the growth of the company from a small clinical-stage drug developer into a commercial enterprise of more than 400 employees. Mr. Ahlholm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, earned his CPA certification while at Ernst & Young LLP and earned his bachelor’s in business administration at the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Joe Reilly was most recently Vice President, Head of Commercial Strategy and Operations at Genzyme Corporation. In more than a decade at Genzyme, he also served as Vice President of Global Business Operations, Vice President of Commercial Operations and Vice President of Finance in the Rare Diseases Division. Joe holds a BS and MS in Finance from Boston College.
Ramana Kuchibhatla, PhD
Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Development
Dr. Kuchibhatla brings to Minerva more than 35 years of drug development, regulatory, biostatistical and operations leadership experience in the life sciences and biotech industries. He joined Minerva in the fall of 2021, from PRA Health Sciences Inc, a subsidiary of ICON, where he served as Executive Director of Global Drug Development. Prior to PRA, Dr. Kuchibhatla was Senior Vice President, Clinical Development & Biostatistics at Melior Pharmaceuticals Inc. He previously founded QED Pharmaceutical Services, a contract research organization specializing in clinical and data services, and served as Senior Director of Clinical R&D at Targacept Inc, a company specializing in the development of drugs for neuropsychiatric indications. He has held several posts of increasing responsibility within the neurology and psychiatry group at GlaxoSmithKline Inc, where he was involved in the filing of NDAs for Zyban & Lamictal. Dr. Kuchibhatla earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
Jay Saoud, PhD
Dr. Saoud has more than 26 years of research and development experience in both industry and academia, where he played a critical role in the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials across multiple therapeutic areas including CNS. He was previously president and chief executive officer of PPRS Research, Inc., a strategic research and development consulting partner for Minerva. Dr. Saoud has been involved in the development of more than 125 active molecules in multiple therapeutic areas. He has a record of successful pre-market and registration submissions in global regulatory jurisdictions and approval of 11 New Drug Applications (NDAs).