Magali Haas, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.E., is Founder and CEO of Orion Bionetworks. Orion Bionetworks, based in Cambridge, MA, is a non-profit research program whose mission is to harness the power of computer modeling and shared data to predict the course of brain disorders and accelerate the search for cures. Orion partners with multiple academic, non-profit, computational and bioinformatics institutes to create open-access tools to advance understanding of brain disease, starting with Multiple Sclerosis. She also served 3 years as Chief Science and Technology Officer for One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization launched in May 2012, which seeks to advance the development of preventions and cures for brain disorders in this decade.
Magali has over 15 years of pharmaceutical executive and clinical research experience, predominantly at Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed broad end-to-end development leadership roles in medical marketing, full clinical development, early development, and translational and biomarker sciences in psychiatry and neurology. She successfully filed NDAs in the US and Europe for risperidone indications in Autism, Adolescent Schizophrenia, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder and Conduct Disorders. She also led Development Teams evaluating compounds for Depression, Neuropathic Pain, Epilepsy, and Migraine Disorder. As an “intrapreneur” at J&J she established the first Neuroscience Translational Medicine & Integrative Solutions department, and co-founded the first Companion Diagnostics Center of Excellence as well as an R&D Innovation team. She serves on several advisory boards including the Irish Health Review Board, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, IMEC for nanoelectronics, and Guardian Angels for biosensors. Magali earned her bachelor of science degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a master of science degree in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and a medical degree and doctorate in neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.