BILL MARTIN, PH.D.
GLOBAL THERAPEUTIC AREA HEAD
Bill Martin, Ph.D., is Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience at Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Janssen R&D, Bill was President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackthorn Therapeutics, and previously served as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Head of R&D. He co-founded Blackthorn, which integrates computational and clinical neuroscience and applies a precision medicine approach to creating novel therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders.
Before Blackthorn, Bill held multiple leadership positions at Theravance Biopharma, including leading the company’s research portfolio planning initiative and serving as a member of the strategic partnership team and project team leader for an advanced clinical stage CNS program. He began his career at Merck, where he contributed to the strategic direction of the company’s Neuroscience franchise.
Bill is a member of the Board of Directors for Brown University’s Carney Institute for Brain Science and has held leadership positions in the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiology Society and the International Brain Research Organization. He has published extensively on neuroscience and brain disorders, with more than 75 publications in scientific journals.
Bill received a bachelor’s in Psychology from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Brown University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco.