President and Chief Executive Officer
Brian O’Callaghan comes to Petra with over 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, having previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board, of Sonrgy, Acucela, Sangart and BioPartners respectively.
Mr. O’Callaghan also has extensive global life-science experience, having lived and worked in 5 different countries, as well as both sides of the US. He has a good blend of big pharma, biotech and CRO experience, having held senior positions in companies such as Pfizer, Novartis, Merck Serono, NPS and Covance.
He has run both private and public companies, gaining extensive experience with start ups, restructuring, IPO’s, M&A’s, BD, fundraising, as well as all operational elements from product development through to commercialization.
He holds an MBA from Reading University and Henley College of Business Management in the UK and currently serves on a number of Corporate Boards, including BIOCOM, Decoy Biosystems, and Aquavit Biopharma, as well as a large 501c3 called The San Diego Century Club.