atai Life Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative treatments and processes to treat mental health disorders for everyone, everywhere. We operate a decentralized model whereby atai incubates, acquires, and supports individual platform companies by providing them strategic and operational functions centrally, allowing our platform companies to stay lean and agile in their clinical pursuits, whilst also being able to leverage the expertise of a multibillion-dollar global biotechnology company. Atai is pursuing a world-first strategy to deploy our clinical compounds alongside a clinically validated digital ecosystem which aims utilizes cutting edge technology, clinical protocol, human-interaction psychology, and data science to enhance the clinical efficacy and engagement of our compounds.

We are seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Company Lead to manage day-to-day operations at one of atai Life Science’s portfolio companies pursuing psychedelic drug development. As an atai subsidiary Company Lead, we need you to be able to drive program through key value inflection points, from preclinical to clinical to proof-of-concept, while being on top of the technical aspects of . The right candidate must model a great company culture, provide inspired leadership, and establish and foster a great working relationship with the teams at the portfolio company and atai, the Board, the leadership team, and external collaborators.

Who you are:

  • You have a demonstrated ability to attend to multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment without losing focus of the larger goal
  • You have demonstrated the ability to help drive an asset through critical value inflection points in drug development
  • You thrive in a global, dynamic, highly complex environment. You are comfortable working with a global team across time zones, different cultures, and various local rules and regulations
  • You have strong analytical and organizational skills to set strategy and translate strategy into tactics
  • You overcome obstacles collaboratively while respecting others’ points of view, and you empower your team to be creative and resourceful
  • You strive to be a thought-leader in your area of expertise. You are always learning and are always well informed on the state-of-the-art in your discipline
  • You are internally motivated to implement best practices in a continuous cycle of improvement
  • You can inspire, coach and lead project teams to meet project deadlines


  • Responsible and accountable for driving development of and delivering on program vision, strategy and tactical development execution through approval or termination
  • Champion and protector of assigned product
  • Drive end-to-end product development process in accordance with the board of directors and atai-approved strategy
  • Go-to person for all questions and issues relating to product
  • Coordinates strategy for protection of exclusivity and IP
  • Tracks and mitigates risks and is responsible for offering solutions
  • Ensures product development programs continue to match corporate priorities and strategies
  • Accountable for the research budget and advocates for resourcing and program prioritization as needed, either with chapter leaders or escalating if needed
  • Responsible for managing overall risk profile of the product (e.g., safety, product liability)
  • Foster and help retain product development critical talent
  • Build trusting relations and foster communication with key parties and stakeholders, both internal and external, and act as their main point of contact
  • Keep a clear understanding of the CNS field and the competitive landscape and how to differentiate
  • Nourish a positive and productive culture in the workplace by listening to team members’ opinions, supporting their development, and recognizing the team's accomplishments
  • Ensure and enforce adherence to legal guidelines and in-house policies


  • 10+ years multi-disciplinary experience in the pharma/biotech industry (CMC, toxicology, pharmacology, regulatory, early clinical development)
  • Experience as a leader or co-leader (GML, Product Team Lead, General Manager) contributing to a significant milestone (i.e. End of Phase 2 or later)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree (PhD, MBA, MD, PharmD) preferred
  • Neuroscience experience preferred
  • Proven experience as a successful, decisive leader in a strategic multi-functional environment
  • Strong track-record of delivering results through effective team and peer leadership
  • Ability to lead multiple highly complex and/or high priority projects with ambitious milestones in high pressure circumstances

We believe you’ll be successful in this role if you are this type of person:

  • Highly entrepreneurial – you act on your convictions and drive processes from start to finish
  • Embraces radical responsibility – you feel a strong sense of ownership and a call to action to drive innovation
  • Excited about the opportunity set – you have a genuine interest in the future of the business and the industry overall
  • Contributor to an environment of collaborative innovation – you are willing to give and receive feedback on an ongoing basis in order to advance collective goals
  • Committed to conscious care – you help foster a culture that supports the needs of everyone involved, including yourself


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