Frazier Life Sciences Adds Senior R&D Leader to Team

Frazier News
Aug 23, 2022


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MENLO PARK, Calif. – Frazier Life Sciences announced the addition of Annette Doherty, Ph.D., OBE, FRSC, as a Senior Advisor. She has 35 years of international experience as a chemist and leader of pharmaceutical research and development divisions and has been directly involved in leading the development and launch of over 30 new medicines in a range of therapeutic areas, including respiratory, infectious diseases, oncology and immunology.

Most recently, Dr. Doherty was Senior Vice President, Product Development and Supply at GSK. Prior to GSK, she was Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Pfizer Global Research and Development site in Connecticut. Dr. Doherty was formally Senior Vice President, Site and Research leader at the Pfizer Global Research and Development site in Sandwich, Kent, UK. She has lived and worked in the US, France and the UK, leading global teams of up to 2000 scientists.

Dr. Doherty has considerable experience serving on Boards of private, public, charity, and educational institutions, including the UK Medical Research Council, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and charities, including LifeArc and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2013, she was honoured as a Distinguished Woman in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She was formerly an Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemistry Society (ACS) publication series called Annual Reports in Medicinal Chemistry for seven years and was elected chairman of the American Chemical Society, Division of Medicinal Chemistry.

Dr. Doherty received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, UK. She conducted postdoctoral research at Ohio State University under a NATO fellowship award. Dr. Doherty has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been a co-inventor on over 30 patents. In 2009, she was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her services to the pharmaceutical sector.

In addition to her role at Frazier, Dr. Doherty is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust. She has also recently been elected as the next President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. “We are thrilled to have someone of Annette’s caliber join our team,” said Managing Partner Patrick Heron. “She is a highly successful drug developer with a wealth of experience across multiple therapeutic areas and geographies. We look forward to working with her to continue to develop innovative therapeutics that meet unmet medical needs.”

About Frazier Life Sciences
Frazier Life Sciences invests globally in private and publicly-traded companies that discover, develop, and commercialize innovative biopharmaceuticals. Frazier Life Sciences funds comprise over $3.3 billion in capital raised, including venture funds focusing on company creation and private companies, and a public fund focused on small and mid-cap public companies. Since 2005, 62 Frazier Life Sciences portfolio companies, many of which were created or seeded by Frazier, have completed IPOs or M&As.

The Frazier Life Sciences team consists of over 40 professionals with deep expertise in biopharmaceuticals, primarily located in Menlo Park, California (headquarters), San Diego, Seattle, Boston, New York, and London.

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