Lyndra Therapeutics

Dr. Patricia Hurter

Patricia Hurter, Ph.D., is the CEO of Lyndra Therapeutics and a member of the Lyndra Board of Directors. Named as one of FiercePharma’s “Fiercest Women in Life Sciences,” Dr. Hurter is a leader who executes aggressively, creating momentum for organizational change and growth via clearly articulated vision and strategies.

In her role as CEO, Dr. Hurter has led Lyndra into a period of rapid growth, with the company closing a Series C round, more than doubling its headcount, opening a GMP manufacturing facility, and preparing for pivotal trials for its lead asset oral weekly risperidone (LYN-005) at the same time as it is advancing several new assets into the clinic. Before joining Lyndra, Dr. Hurter was senior vice president of pharmaceutical and preclinical sciences at Vertex Pharmaceuticals where she played a leadership role in the development and commercialization of five transformative therapies; established an internal GMP manufacturing facility; and pioneered the first-of-its-kind fully continuous drug product manufacturing line. Prior to joining Vertex, Dr. Hurter was director of formulation design and characterization at Merck.

A frequent speaker at key healthcare leadership conferences, Dr. Hurter is also a regular contributor to many scientific publications and serves on the Board of Directors of biotech company Synlogic, Inc. A champion of DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion), Dr. Hurter has helped build mentorship programs and volunteers with organizations such as the Posse Foundation and WEST (Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology) that support students of diverse backgrounds pursuing college degrees and science careers. She also often speaks to support and networking groups for women and underserved populations in STEM.

Dr. Hurter holds a Doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. An avid equestrian, she is a competitive show jumper and splits her time between Massachusetts, Virginia and Florida with her family, their horses and dogs.