Our Team

Vast experience
and great access to deal flow

Christian Angermayer

Founder

Before founding ATAI Life Sciences to address the mental healthcare crisis, Christian co-founded Ribopharma which merged with US peer Alnylam in 2003 and subsequently went public. Since then, Christian has created, co-founded and invested in numerous successful companies, has raised approximately USD 2 billion for his portfolio companies and has been involved in more than 40 successful IPO- and M&A-transactions either as an entrepreneur, investor, banker, or advisor.

Florian Brand

Co-Founder & CEO

Florian is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ATAI Life Sciences, a global biotech company builder with the vision of ultimately ending mental health disorders. Prior to joining ATAI, Florian served as Managing Director of Springlane, Germany’s leading online kitchen appliance retailer. Florian’s experiences seeing his friends and loved ones failed by the mental health system inspired him to join the movement to transform the way we discover and develop novel neuropsychiatric therapeutics.

Matthias Luz, MD

Chief medical Officer

Dr. Luz joined ATAI Life Sciences to help transform the mental health space and work towards a cure for core neuropsychiatric disorders. Prior to joining ATAI, Dr. Luz served in various C-suite roles at numerous pharmaceutical companies such as Aventis, where he led the team that brought Refludan® (lepirudin), the first therapeutic for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, to market worldwide.

Srinivas Rao, MD, PhD

Chief scientific Officer

Srinivas Rao is the Chief Scientific Officer at ATAI Life Sciences AG. Dr. Rao has over 19 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Prior to ATAI, Dr. Rao held the titles of Chief Scientific, Medical, or Executive Officer at companies ranging from venture backed startups to vertically-integrated, publicly traded pharmaceutical companies.

Greg Bates

Lead, Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Greg Bates, a veterinarian by training, joined ATAI Life Sciences as Regulatory Affairs Lead in June 2019. He is a pharmaceutical executive with more than 30 years of international industry experience in regulatory affairs encompassing the regulation of veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, biologics, and live biotherapeutic products (LBP), as well as devices and dietary supplements.

Danny Talati

Lead, Business Development

Danny is the Lead of Business Development at ATAI Life Sciences; he primarily focuses on sourcing new investment opportunities in the mental health space.  Danny has spent 15+ years in neuroscience and is passionate about identifying innovative therapies with the potential to impact the treatment of mental health disorders.

Roman Dahl

Lead, Operations and Data

Roman Dahl is Lead of Operations and Data at ATAI Life Sciences. Prior to joining ATAI, Roman was responsible for Strategy & Operations at DeepMind Health and subsequently Google Health where he led product portfolio strategy for imaging diagnostics and provider solutions. Roman brings almost a decade of experience in strategy & operations across healthcare, artificial intelligence, media and online advertising.

Michael Cunniffe

Lead, Finance

Michael Cunniffe is Lead of Finance at ATAI Life Sciences. Prior to joining ATAI, Michael worked in senior finance roles for early stage gene-therapy and listed vaccines companies. These roles covered corporate strategy, forecasting and planning, controlling, operating models and fund raising focused on the US and European healthcare markets. 

Glenn Short, PhD

Lead, Early Development

Glenn Short is Lead of Early Development at ATAI Life Sciences where he works with ATAI’s portfolio companies to advance discovery, preclinical and early clinical stage assets into clinical development.  Dr. Short has 15 years of industry and research experience and has been involved in numerous programs that leverage cutting edge biotechnologies to develop new therapies to address unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neurological disease and pain.

Aaron Weaver

Senior Legal Counsel

Aaron serves as Senior General Counsel and also supports fundraising and investor relations activities at ATAI. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a registered solicitor in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining ATAI, from 2013 – 2017, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse within the Capital Markets Solutions team, advising on capital structuring and issuances for a full spectrum of corporate issuers from pre-revenue companies to public listed companies. 

Juliane Schmidt

Human Resources Manager

Juliane, M.Sc. in Publishing, is the Human Resource Manager at ATAI. Juliane has gained 5 years of experience in different branches and companies located in Zurich, Berlin, London, SF. Prior to ATAI she has been working in the Talent Acquisition department of a fast growing med-tech company. Prior to that she has been accompanying the scale-up Beekeeper, an internal communications platform in Zurich, from 25 to 120 employees. 

Galyna Pidpruzhnykova, PhD

Innovation Strategy Manager

Galyna is Innovation strategy Manager at ATAI Life Sciences; her focus is development and execution of ATAI’s innovation strategy and establishment of new collaborations. Galyna is a Neurobiologist with 10 years of academic experience, 2 years of biopharma R&D strategy consulting and leadership positions in non-profit organizations. She is driven by combining her passion for neuroscience and mental health with the real outcomes.

Ana Zarzosa, PhD

Operations and Research Associate

Ana holds a doctorate in Life Sciences from the International Max Planck Research School. She is an experienced Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, and has supported smooth communication and a high-performance team environment since joining ATAI. Prior to joining ATAI, Ana worked in business operations and development across different industries, establishing processes and improving organizational structure and growth. 

Philipp Schreiber

Associate

Philipp Schreiber is an Associate at ATAI Life Sciences. Beyond supporting ATAI, Philipp is responsible for portfolio development at Apeiron Investment Group, the family office of Christian Angermayer, where he mainly focuses on corporate strategy and deal execution for the groups biotech platform companies. Philipp brings experience in M&A transactions, venture capital and strategic management.

Simon Seibold

Associate

Simon became interested in psychology and neuropsychiatry at a young age, and soon realized the lack of innovation in the space and the various shortcomings of the current medical system. Committed to providing disruptive solutions, Simon joined ATAI Life Sciences as its first employee and helped to build the company from the ground up. Now, he is mainly focused on venture building.

Allan Malievsky

Associate

Prior to joining ATAI, Allan spent several years working in the non-profit healthcare sector, serving as Membership Manager and lead fundraiser at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, an advocacy organization working to reform the Medicare payment system.

Thomas Hanke

Consultant

Thomas Hanke (MBA) advises ATAI on M&A transactions, valuation and business development projects. Thomas has more than 10 years experience in corporate finance with a focus on venture capital and private equity, strategy development, portfolio management and fundraising. Prior to joining ATAI, he managed a medium-sized listed venture capital & growth fund in Germany and previously held various positions within the fields of private equity, venture capital and corporate development. Thomas Hanke holds a degree in business administration from the University of Würzburg, Germany.