About Odyssey

Masters of Drug Hunting: Making the Impossible Possible

Led by a team with an exceptional track record of success, we aim to deliver next generation precision medicines to patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer.  We are working with dedication and urgency, employing an integrated suite of cutting-edge technologies directed at molecular targets that hold the greatest promise to benefit patients. 

Our team of drug hunters and academic founders are experts in the pathophysiology of inflammatory disorders and cancer. Odyssey is leveraging this in-house intellectual capital not only to select targets but also to determine the therapeutic modality that will have the greatest clinical impact: we can quickly identify relevant targets, devise pharmacological mechanisms of invention to reverse the disease biology, and optimize therapeutic assets for clinical development.

Our expertise, dedication, collaborative spirit, and teamwork have led us to this pivotal moment: coming together to disrupt the trajectory of drug discovery and development and to go beyond the limitations of current medicines to make the future of precision medicine a reality.

Our Leadership

  • Gary D. Glick, Ph.D. Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Gary D. Glick, Ph.D.
    Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dr. Glick is a chemist and serial biotech entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in the biotech industry. He has founded several successful companies, including IFM Therapeutics. While CEO of IFM, the company progressed three programs from ideation to clinical development and executed several major transactions, including the sale of oncology assets to Bristol-Myers Squibb in a transaction valued more than $2.3 billion and the sale of an NLRP3 inhibitor program to Novartis for $1.6 billion. Prior to Odyssey, in 2020, he co-founded and launched Scorpion Therapeutics, where he played an instrumental role in the conception and building of the company. During his tenure as CEO, Scorpion grew to nearly 50 employees and raised $270 million across two financings. He is the author of more than 100 papers, the inventor on 54 issued U.S. patents, and the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his scientific contributions and accomplishments as a life science executive. Dr. Glick received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Columbia University and completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship in Organic Chemistry at Harvard University.

  • Robert Abraham, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Cancer Biology
    Robert Abraham, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice President, Cancer Biology

    Dr. Abraham is a veteran leader in oncology research and development. Prior to Odyssey, Dr. Abraham served as Chief Scientific Officer at Vividion Therapeutics, which was acquired in August 2021 by Bayer for $2 billion. Previously, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Group Head of the Oncology R&D Group in Pfizer Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical. While at Pfizer, he helped launch 10 new oncology medicines, including XALKORI®, IBRANCE®, BESPONSA®, BOSULIF®, BAVENCIO®, MYLOTARG™, TALZENNA®, DAURISMO™, and LORBRENA®, benefiting hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. Dr. Abraham received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Natalie Dales, Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Chemistry and Drug Discovery
    Natalie Dales, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President, Chemistry and Drug Discovery

    Dr. Dales is an accomplished scientist with over 20 years of small molecule drug discovery experience leading and mentoring teams in pharmaceuticals and biotech. Prior to Odyssey, Dr. Dales was an Executive Director and the Head of Portfolio and Strategy for the Global Discovery Chemistry Group at Novartis. She was also a senior advisor for the Novartis Genesis Labs, an internal innovation incubator which fostered and funded disruptive concepts to accelerate drug discovery. Prior to Novartis, she worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals on oncology, cardiovascular, and metabolism programs. Dr. Dales received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Sally Johnson Chief People Officer
    Sally Johnson
    Chief People Officer

    Sally Johnson is a global HR leader with over 25 years’ experience in recruiting and talent management. Before joining Odyssey, she served as a Global Executive Director of People and Organization at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), where she built and led global teams supporting scientific and functional organizations. She also held positions at EMD Millipore, Mercer, Liberty Mutual, and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of Liverpool in England and is a trained Organizational and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSC).

  • Joseph McDonald, Ph.D. Chief Data Officer
    Joseph McDonald, Ph.D.
    Chief Data Officer

    Dr. McDonald is a distinguished scientist and executive bringing more than 30 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to Odyssey, Dr. McDonald served as Executive Director of Machine-Learning and Physics-Based Simulation at BMS and Celgene. In previous roles at Celgene, Avila , and Pfizer, he led increasing roles of responsibility in computational chemistry, patent science, and chemical sample management. Dr. McDonald is also a co-author and inventor of more than 140 papers and applications. Dr. McDonald received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Roswell Park Memorial Institute and completed postdoctoral studies in Computational Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Tony Opipari, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Vice President, Translational Medicine
    Tony Opipari, M.D., Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President, Translational Medicine

    Dr. Opipari is a physician scientist with experience in academic medicine and leading translational and clinical research in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to Odyssey, he co-founded Lycera, Firstwave Bio, and IFM Therapeutics; in each company, he led research in translational medicine and directed early clinical development. Prior to the biotech industry, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School with an appointment in the Division of Gynecological Oncology. Dr. Opipari received his M.D., Ph.D. and completed post-graduate medical training at the University of Michigan.

  • Shifeng Pan, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Head of Discovery
    Shifeng Pan, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice President, Head of Discovery

    Dr. Pan is a leading medicinal chemist with more than 20 years’ experience. Prior to Odyssey, Dr. Pan served as the Executive Director of Discovery Chemistry at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), where he oversaw GNF’s low molecular weight portfolio and all chemistry activities, including medicinal chemistry, chemical technologies, analytical chemistry, and DMPK. He led the discovery of ODOMZO®, BRAFTOVI®, and MAYZENT®, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Pan received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from New York University and completed postdoctoral studies in Organic Chemistry at GNF.

  • David Pompliano, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
    David Pompliano, Ph.D.
    Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

    Dr. Pompliano is a drug discovery scientist, entrepreneur, and executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Before joining Odyssey, Dr. Pompliano co-founded and served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Revolution Medicines and Lodo Therapeutics, and served as the CEO of BioLeap. Prior to the biotech industry, he served as Worldwide Basic Head of Infectious Diseases at Merck and Vice President of Biology at GlaxoSmithKline, where he led drug discovery teams that produced pre-clinical credentials for more than 30 development candidates and five registered anti-infective and oncology drugs. Dr. Pompliano received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral studies in Enzymology and Molecular Biology at Harvard University.

  • Kira M. Schwartz Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
    Kira M. Schwartz
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

    Ms. Schwartz is an accomplished general counsel and transaction attorney with over 20 years’ experience in corporate governance and dispute resolution. Prior to Odyssey, Ms. Schwartz was General Counsel, Secretary and member of the executive team at Prevail Therapeutics. Prior to joining Prevail, Ms. Schwartz was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of M&A, Licensing, Alliance Management and Corporate Affairs at Allergan, where she advanced through increasingly significant legal roles, including at its predecessors Actavis and Forest Laboratories, where she joined as Associate General Counsel. Ms. Schwartz earned her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

  • Stephen Soisson, Ph.D. Executive Vice President, Structural Biology and Protein Therapeutics
    Stephen Soisson, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice President, Structural Biology and Protein Therapeutics

    Dr. Soisson is a leading structural biologist with more than 20 years’ drug discovery experience. Prior to Odyssey, Dr. Soisson served as the Executive Director and Global Head of Structural Chemistry and Structural Protein Sciences at Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), where he architected and oversaw Merck’s network-wide efforts to structurally enable all programs with three-dimensional molecular structures. During his tenure, the structure group contributed to the discovery of virtually all clinical candidates at MRL, including KEYTRUDA®, BELSOMRA®, and ISENTRESS®. Dr. Soisson received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed post-doctoral studies as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research fellow at Rockefeller University.

  • Gary D. Glick, Ph.D.
    Odyssey Therapeutics
    President and CEO
  • Carl L. Gordon, Ph.D., CFA
    Orbimed Advisors
    Managing Partner
  • Jill Carroll
    SR One Capital Management
    Partner
  • Charles Baum, M.D., Ph.D.
    Mirati Therapeutics
    President, Founder, and Head of R&D
  • Valerie Odegard, Ph.D.
    Silverback Therapeutics
    President and CSO
  • Hyung Chun, M.D.
    Foresite Capital
    Observer
  • Colin Hanna
    Balderton
    Observer
  • Daanish Jamal
    SR One Capital
    Observer
  • Natasha Shervani
    OrbiMed Advisors
    Observer
  • Arsani William
    Logos Capital
    Observer
  • Eicke Latz, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Co-Founder
    Eicke Latz, M.D., Ph.D.
    Scientific Co-Founder

    Dr. Latz is an expert in innate immunity and inflammasome biology with decades of experience. In addition to his role at Odyssey, Dr. Latz is also Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Molecular Inflammation Research at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim. He also heads a research group at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn. He has co-founded several biotech companies, including IFM and DiosCure . He also founded the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University of Bonn in 2010. Dr. Latz earned his M.D. at Göttingen and Berlin, and completed his postdoctoral training at UMass Medical School, where he eventually became a faculty member.

  • Kim Lewis, Ph.D. Scientific Co-Founder
    Kim Lewis, Ph.D.
    Scientific Co-Founder

    Dr. Lewis is a leading expert in natural products discovery with several decades of experience. In addition to his role at Odyssey, he is a University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at MIT, University of Maryland, and Tufts University. Dr. Lewis has also authored over 100 papers, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher, and a recipient of the NIH Director’s Transformative Award. Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. from Moscow University.

  • Felix Meissner, Ph.D. Scientific Co-Founder
    Felix Meissner, Ph.D.
    Scientific Co-Founder

    Dr. Meissner is a biochemist with 20 years’ experience in innate immunity and mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Besides consulting for Odyssey, he is a Professor for Systems Immunology and Proteomics at the Institute of Innate Immunity in Bonn and the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried/Munich. Dr. Meissner received his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Max-Planck Institute of Infection Biology and completed his postdoctoral studies in Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics and Systems Biology at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry and the UCSF.

  • Florian Schmidt, Ph.D. Scientific Co-Founder
    Florian Schmidt, Ph.D.
    Scientific Co-Founder

    Dr. Schmidt is a biochemist and immunologist with more than 10 years’ experience. Besides consulting for Odyssey, Dr. Schmidt leads a research group at the University of Bonn, where he has established the nanobody technology and a core facility for systematic nanobody generation. His research group employs nanobodies and other molecular probes to reveal mechanistic aspects of innate immune signaling and recognition of viral infections. More recently, he led the discovery and the development of SARS-CoV-2-neutralizing nanobodies for application by inhalation. Dr. Schmidt received his Ph.D. in Molecular Life Sciences from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and completed postdoctoral studies in Immunology at MIT.