Leadership Team

Joseph Blanchard

Joe Blanchard

President and Chief Executive Officer, Amorsa Therapeutics

Mr. Blanchard has co-founded and has been a member of the leadership teams that helped build several life science  companies. Prior to Amorsa, Mr. Blanchard co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Business Officer at Aushon BioSystems, a global provider of protein biomarker detection systems used in drug development and diagnostic applications.

Mr. Blanchard was also an early member of the leadership team for Altus Pharmaceuticals (a spin-out of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and 2006 IPO), where he held several senior management positions. Prior to Altus, he was Director of Sales Operations (The Americas) for Genencor International (2000 IPO; now owned by DuPont), where he led a 40-member commercial team generating over $130 million annually.

Mr. Blanchard was also Senior Vice President, Business Development at Decision Biomarkers and earlier in his career held business unit and sales management positions with Akzo Nobel of the Netherlands and DuPont/Conoco Chemicals. He has an M.B.A and B.S. degree from Miami University.

Alex Nivorozhkin, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Nivorozhkin is an experienced life science executive with an extensive track record in early technology development. He was a co-founder of both Boston BioCom, LLC, a biopharmaceuticals company funded by the seed investment from Pfizer, and Neo-Advent Technologies LLC, a drug formulation and delivery technologies company. Dr. Nivorozhkin gained substantial experience in the commercial aspects of drug discovery and development at Epix Medical and Inotek Pharmaceuticals where he served as the company’s Head of Medicinal Chemistry. He served as a Senior Program Manager at the Center of Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies (CIMIT) at Massachusetts General Hospital, a consortium of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals, Boston University, Draper Laboratory and MIT. He was also a Scientific Programs Officer at Sheldon and Miriam Adelson Medical Research Foundation.

Dr. Nivorozhkin is a co-inventor of several drug candidates that have advanced to clinical trials, has co-authored over 60 scientific publications in different areas of chemistry, chemical biology, and material sciences and holds more than 20 patents. He received a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Rostov University and conducted his postdoctoral research at the University Paris-Sud, France, and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.

Mike Palfreyman

​​Michael Palfreyman, DSc., Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Palfreyman is an internationally recognized leader in drug development with a successful scientific and business career spanning 35 years. He brings to Amorsa a distinguished track record of successful drug development and considerable expertise in CNS pharmacology, pharmacogenomics and rational drug design.

Dr. Palfreyman’s broad perspective on drug development derives from his experience as founder, President and CSO of Psychiatric Genomics; Senior Scientific Advisor to EnVivo Pharmaceuticals and Vitruvean; co-founder of NOVACE; Senior VP for Research and Development at Anadys (formerly Scriptgen); as well as senior executive and scientific leadership roles at Marion Merrell Dow (Sanofi-Aventis) and Beecham (GlaxoSmithKline). In these roles, he successfully developed and demonstrated clinical efficacy of several candidates across multiple therapeutic areas.

Dr. Palfreyman holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He continues to be an active scientific contributor with more than 150 publications and 35 issued patents.

Jeffrey Sprouse, Ph.D.

Program Director

Dr. Jeffrey Sprouse has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having held leadership roles on numerous multi-member / multi-disciplinary drug discovery teams within top tier Pharma organizations (Merrell Dow, Pfizer, Lundbeck). A neuropharmacologist by training, he also served as a laboratory head with the supervisory skills for effective management of in-house resources as well as outsourcing to CROs worldwide.Prior to joining “small” Pharma, Dr. Sprouse acted as a portfolio manager with responsibilities to build and replenish the discovery pipeline with scientifically viable substrate. He holds a PhD from Cornell University, received post-graduate training within the Psychiatry Department of Yale University, and is the co-author of over 50 scientific articles and co-inventor on 8 patents.