OMass Therapeutics expands leadership team with Melissa Faris as Chief Business Officer


OMass Therapeutics, a biotechnology company at ARC Oxford identifying medicines against highly validated target ecosystems such as membrane proteins or intracellular complexes, has announced the appointment of Melissa Faris as Chief Business Officer.

Melissa joins OMass Therapeutics from GSK, where she held the role of Vice President and Head of Immunology Business Development, leading a team responsible for end-to-end business development activities for immunology and infectious diseases. 

Prior to this she held a number of senior executive business development roles at GSK both on the buy and sell side and brings more than 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in drug discovery, development and product commercialisation.

Melissa first started her career in clinical drug development at GlaxoWellcome in the US, where she spent a decade leading and contributing to development programs for Respiratory medicines from Phase 1 through to registration and launch. 

OMass Therapeutics has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Melissa Faris as Chief Business Officer
Melissa joins OMass Therapeutics from GSK where she held a senior executive business development role

In addition, she held a number of enterprise leadership roles internal and external to GSK, including, most recently, as a non-executive Board member for Sitryx Therapeutics.

Ros Deegan, Chief Executive Officer at OMass Therapeutics, said: “Melissa’s broad experience in business and clinical development will be an invaluable asset for OMass as we advance our lead candidate toward IND-enabling studies and continue to progress our exciting pipeline of immunology programs.

In her new role Melissa will be instrumental in ensuring OMass secures high value partnerships and other opportunities to maximize the value of our assets and drug discovery platform, OdyssION™.”

Melissa Faris, Chief Business Officer of OMass Therapeutics, added: “I am thrilled to be joining OMass Therapeutics at such an exciting time in the Company’s development. I look forward to working with the leadership team and Board to maximize the value of our proprietary platform and assets.”

Melissa holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from West Virginia University. 

Following her doctorate, she completed a specialty residency in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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