Dean Brown, Ph.D.

SVP, Head of Discovery Sciences

Dean has over 20 years of drug discovery experience at AstraZeneca (AZ) where he held the position most recently of Director of Chemistry. Dean has been responsible for building many new drug discovery programs in both neuroscience and infection, several which have resulted in successful transition to clinical trials. Dean is a globally recognized leader in medicinal chemistry, lead generation, library design, DNA-encoded library screening, and applications of computational chemistry. He has also been responsible for leading multiple industrial-academic collaborations which resulted in successful external grants in neurodegenerative disease research. Dean is listed as an author or co-author on more than 60 publications and patent applications in medicinal chemistry and drug design, including granted patents on clinical candidates. He obtained a B.S. in chemistry at Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in synthetic organic chemistry.