President and CEO
Ciara Kennedy was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Dr. Kennedy has a proven track record of delivering significant results and advancing therapeutic and diagnostic programs across multiple therapeutic areas and stages of development in the biotech industry. Amplyx has successfully raised over $110M to develop novel treatments for immunocompromised patients. Dr. Kennedy has successfully in-licensed, and advanced into Phase 2 studies, programs to address a variety of life-threatening conditions. Dr. Kennedy is also a founder of Reneo Pharmaceuticals and Mirum Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kennedy serves as an independent Board member of, privately held, Aristea Therapeutics.
Prior to Amplyx, Dr. Kennedy served as Chief Operating Officer at Lumena Pharmaceuticals, until the company’s acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals in 2014 and as Vice President, Head of Cholestatic Liver Disease at Shire post acquisition. As COO of Lumena, Dr. Kennedy played a critical role in the development of assets licensed from Pfizer and Sanofi, financing the company and preparing to take the company public. Prior to Lumena, Dr. Kennedy held several positions at Cypress Bioscience Inc. where she played a key role in the company’s FDA approval and launch of Savella® for Fibromyalgia, corporate acquisitions and the in-licensing of several clinical assets. Prior to joining Cypress Bioscience, Dr. Kennedy held several positions in the Program and Alliance department of Biogen Idec, managing multiple projects spanning the drug discovery and development continuum. A Ph.D. scientist by training Dr. Kennedy received her doctorate at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2004 Dr. Kennedy became a member of the inaugural class of the Rady School of Management at UCSD and graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2006.