Alan C. Foster, Ph.D.

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Alan C. Foster, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since April of 2021 and was our Vice President, Research beginning December 2014. Dr. Foster is a neuroscientist and pharmacologist with over 35 years of drug discovery and development experience. During his career, he has led research programs that identified multiple drug candidates for a wide range of biological targets in the neuroscience, ophthalmology and neurotology therapeutic areas. Prior to Otonomy, he served as Vice President of Pharmacology at Allergan, and Vice President of Neuroscience at Neurocrine Biosciences. Previously, he held research leadership positions at Gensia Pharmaceuticals and Merck. Dr. Foster was a post-doctoral fellow at both the University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychobiology, and the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

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