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Mar 17, 2021

Lundbeck appoints Dr. Tarek Samad as Head of Research

Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) Dr. Tarek Samad will join Lundbeck on 1 May 2021 as Senior Vice President, Head of Research. He will work to accelerate Lundbeck’s drug discovery and early clinical development.

Dr. Samad will play a key role in Lundbeck’s ambition to have a premier neuroscience pipeline and to continue the transformation towards a focus on helping people living with niche and rare brain diseases.

“I am pleased to welcome Tarek to Lundbeck. His broad experience combined with our strong research organization and heritage within brain diseases will drive innovation and bring transformative medicines into clinical development, helping us to create a premier neuroscience pipeline and towards becoming number one in brain health,” says Johan Luthman, Executive Vice President for Research & Development.

Dr. Samad brings more than 25 years of experience in drug development from academia and industry, including Louis Pasteur University, Harvard Medical School, Pfizer, and Sanofi. He has led discovery of small molecules and biopharmaceuticals in neuroscience and inflammation for both disease-modifying and symptomatic approaches.

His research has been focused on studying changes of the nervous system and their implications across a wide range of neurological disorders including neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, acute neurology, and pain. He has led several preclinical and clinical programs, as well as managed sites and teams across disciplines and geographical locations.

Dr. Samad was born in Lebanon and obtained his formative academic training in France. He joins Lundbeck from Immunitas Therapeutics in the U.S., where he was most recently Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). Dr. Samad will relocate to Denmark for the role at Lundbeck.

“Lundbeck is pursuing some of the most innovative therapeutic opportunities within brain science, and I look forward to being part of that,” says Dr. Tarek Samad. “Lundbeck has a great history of discovering innovative drug candidates and bringing them to serve patients who live with brain diseases. I am thrilled to be able to build on Lundbeck’s strong heritage in neuroscience.”


Mikkel Ballegaard Pedersen

Journalist, Corp. Communication

+45 30 83 20 44


About Lundbeck
H. Lundbeck A/S (LUN.CO, LUN DC, HLUYY) is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.

Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain disease.

Our approximately 5,600 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17.7 billion in 2020 (EUR 2.4 billion; USD 2.7 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.


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