Robert Baltera, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert is a seasoned pharmaceutical executive with broad business and product management experience.

Prior to joining Cirius, Robert co-founded Hawkeye Therapeutics, a company focused on in-licensing and developing high-quality assets from pharmaceutical companies. He also served as chief executive officer of Laguna Pharmaceuticals and chief executive officer of Amira Pharmaceuticals until its $475 million acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2011.   Prior to his tenure at Amira, Robert held a number of senior management positions over 17 years at Amgen.

Robert is also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Frazier Healthcare Partners, a venture capital firm, and currently serves on the board of directors of Organovo Holdings, Inc., a public biotechnology company, and on the board of the San Diego Venture Group.

Robert received his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in genetics and a B.S. in microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.