Craig Coburn 1

Craig Coburn, Ph.D.

SVP Discovery Chemistry

An accomplished research and development leader with 30 years of experience. 2017 American Chemical Society Hero of Chemistry. Inventor of Merck’s HCV NS5A replication complex inhibitor Elbasvir (MK-8742) and responsible for the nomination and development of multiple clinical compounds that span the cardiovascular, neuroscience, oncology and infectious disease therapeutic areas.

Built, developed and motivated a highly successful team of external chemistry/biology collaborators while directing US-based project teams consisting of cross-functional scientists. Established the western based program manager model within big Pharma and later at a CRO with a focus to provide discovery knowledge-based solutions necessary to execute integrated medicinal chemistry projects in China to drive virtual discovery organizations.

Formerly Senior Vice President of Chemistry at Gossamer Bio, Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at Silverback Therapeutics and Wuxi AppTec, Senior Investigator at Merck Research Laboratories, and National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the Danishefsky group. Co-author of > 40 publications and inventor of > 100 issued patents and patent applications.