S. Sakura Minami, Ph.D.
Vice President, Translational Medicine & Nonclinical Development
Dr. Minami is a scientific and drug development leader with more than 16 years of experience driving cutting-edge research in the field of neuroscience including eight years of industry experience leading translational research teams targeting neurological, ophthalmological, and inflammatory disease areas. Prior to joining Ashvattha, she served as Senior Director – Research, Nonclinical Development, and Translational Medicine at Alkahest Inc. (Grifols), a biopharmaceutical company that had preclinical and clinical programs in neurology, ophthalmology, and dermatology/immunological diseases. Dr. Minami earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from The University of California Irvine, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University and was a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist at the J. David Gladstone Institutes.