Management Team

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Mohammad Afshar

Dr Mohammad Afshar

Chief Executive Officer

Mohammad is the President and CEO of Ariana Pharmaceuticals and founded the company in 2003. Prior to this, Mohammad was one of the founders and the Director of Drug Design and IT at RiboTargets, Cambridge, UK, leading the computer aided discovery of novel anti infective and oncology molecules. Before joining RiboTargets, Mohammad held several positions in academic institutions including the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, UK, and the CRBM of the CNRS in France. He holds a Medical Degree (DCEM), MPhil in Computer Science (DEA), a PhD in structural biochemistry and a “Habilitation doctorate” (HDR) from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montpellier, France. He is currently involved with a number of charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis foundation.

David Morley

David Morley PhD

Vice President Computational Technology

Dr. Morley has the overall responsibility for the computational technologies at the heart of Ariana and has been involved with the KEM® technology from its inception to today. Dave is an experienced computational technologist with a 20 year track record in the development of high-performance machine learning solutions to “big data” scientific challenges across multiple industries, including pharma, chemical and finance. At RiboTargets (Cambridge, UK) he was the architect and project manager of RiboDock/rDock, a production virtual screening platform for structure-based drug discovery. Through his own consultancy business he has also delivered innovative software applications for GSK, Vernalis and Hyde Park Global Investments. Dr. Morley has a PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Nottingham and a BSc Hons (First Class) in Chemistry from the University of Bristol.

Isabelle Chaduteau

Isabelle Chaduteau

Office Manager

Isabelle joined Ariana in December 2008 as the Office Manager. In this capacity, she oversees the daily administrative operations and ensures that the office runs smoothly. She also helps coordinate the administrative aspects of several collaborative programs.

Veronique Chabernaud

Veronique Chabernaud MD

Chief Medical Officer

MD, medical oncologist and MBA (ESSEC)

Former Director of Sanofi Aventis Oncology Business Unit, VP Marketing and Sales Effectiveness, Aventis, Director of Global Medical Affairs, Rhone Poulenc Rorer

Advisor of several biotech & medtech companies

Board member of Innate Pharma