Rick has been CEO at Nocion since August 2018. He has over two decades of experience in drug development across an array of platforms and disease states, and has been with several start-ups from founding through acquisition. Most recently, he was the Chief Scientific Officer and a founder of Civitas Therapeutics. Civitas was acquired by Acorda, whereupon he became their Chief Technology Officer and Civitas’ lead asset—a novel dry powder inhalation therapy to treat motor issues in Parkinson’s patients—has been approved by the FDA as InbrijaTM.
Rick was previously the Chief Scientific Officer and Sr. Vice President of Research & Development at Pulmatrix. He was previously the Vice President of Research and Development at Alkermes, overseeing many facets of product development across pulmonary, injectable and oral platforms. Rick was an original member of Advanced Inhalation Research (AIR®), where he oversaw product development.
Rick held several academic posts prior to joining AIR. He received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Jim has been CSO at Nocion since July 2018. He has over 20 years leadership experience in drug discovery in multiple therapeutic areas, working in organizations from biotech startups to large pharma. Most recently, Jim lead GSK’s Innovation Hub in Cambridge after serving as Vice President and Head of GSK’s Sirtuin Discovery Performance Unit.
Prior to GSK, Jim was Vice President of Research for Surface Logix and the Executive Project Director and Chief Biology Advisor for NitroMed. Previously, Jim was the Group Director, Allergy & Respiratory Disease and Senior Director of Pharmacology at UCB Pharma where he was responsible for UCB’s global allergy and respiratory franchise research pipeline.
Prior to joining industry, Jim was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he also did his post-doctoral research. Jim received his B.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from University College London.
Bridget joined Nocion in August 2018 as Vice President of Drug Discovery, bringing over 20 years of experience advancing compounds from high-throughput screening through phase 2 clinical trials. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at Axial Biotherapeutics, where she developed microbiome-inspired therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions.
Prior to Axial, Bridget held the position of Vice President at Flatley Discovery Lab, where she led discovery programs intended to develop and advance compounds for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, including phase 2 clinical candidates, FDL169 and FDL176. Before joining Flatley, she held positions as Vice President at Surface Logix, Associate Director of Chemistry at the Pfizer Research Technology Center and Project Leader in the Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Division.
Bridget holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University.