London-based Psychedelics Startup Hires Ex-Novartis Lawyer as Basic Counsel

Compass Pathways, a startup that makes use of psychedelics for psychological total well being therapy methodology and has backing from PayPal co-founder and billionaire Peter Thiel, has poached an in-property chief from Novartis International. 

Matthew Owens is slated to think about round as widespread counsel and chief lawful officer at Compass on Feb. 1. The London-based group, which has locations of labor in New York and San Francisco, launched Owen’s appointment on Thursday. 

Compass is constructing a synthetic psilocybin, a psychedelic compound discovered clearly in “magic mushrooms,” for treating melancholy. The agency has burgeoned—as has the psychedelic drug market—since its 2016 begin.

Earlier yr, Compass produced heritage because the initially group of its kind to go group on a significant U.S. alternate. Quickly quickly after its stock commenced shopping for and promoting on Nasdaq, the corporate’s market cap strike $1 billion.

The enterprise, which doesn’t but produce earnings, lacking $46 million within the initially 9 months of 2021.

Owens stated in a information launch that Compass delivers “innovation to psychological well being care,” including that he’s “keen about digital well being and health and enhancing the affected person information.” He was not immediately out there for an job interview. 

Compass CEO George Goldsmith extra that regardless that his firm’s mission continues to be the exact same, “operationally we’re a extraordinarily distinct enterprise and our govt crew is switching to replicate this.” 

Compass additionally simply currently appointed a brand new chief economical officer and moved Lars Wilde, its president, chief small enterprise officer and co-founder, into an advisory job. 

Owens succeeds Nate Poulsen, who joined Compass in 2019 as lawful principal and transitioned to an interim mental home-targeted perform in simply the group in September, in accordance to his LinkedIn profile

Owens arrived at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, in 2010 as a senior lawful counsel and commenced ascending the ranks of the pharmaceutical large’s lawful division. He most not way back served as worldwide head of lawful, digital, overseeing approved and IP methodology. 

Earlier in his occupation, Owens served as firm counsel at Mettler-Toledo Inc. in Columbus, Ohio, and as senior counsel at Solvay Prescribed drugs Inc. in Atlanta.