Peter is an experienced physician executive with over 30 years of experience in drug development, life sciences, and health care. As an industry advisor, he supports clients with a range of development challenges, with a particular focus on liver fibrosis, NASH, and GI pharma consulting.
Peter has had a distinguished career in drug development, research, management, and governance, with demonstrated success in large matrix and small entrepreneurial organizations, including those in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, academia, and healthcare. He is adept at strategic planning, designing and leading complex scientific and drug development programs, recruiting and leading effective executive teams, effecting and managing change efforts, building value, and effective communication. Prior to joining Alacrita, Peter was CEO and CMO of Galectin Therapeutics where he brought a galectin-3 inhibitor, a putative anti-fibrotic drug, from a research compound through development to a phase 3-ready program in NASH cirrhosis and built a pipeline of other indications. Before that in the pharmaceutical industry, he was Senior Vice President and CMO at GlaxoSmithKline where he had responsibility for a broad range of therapeutic areas.
In academic medicine, Peter ran a basic science laboratory program that made fundamental discoveries in liver and intestinal biology, and he served as Chief of Gastroenterology, Chairman of Medicine and CEO of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System. He also was President and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine. Peter has a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, an MD degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a certificate in business leadership for physicians from The Wharton School.