Mark A. Varney, Ph.D.
Mark Varney, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Varney has spent over 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Cortex as Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer in January, 2006, and was promoted to President and CEO in August, 2008. Prior to joining Cortex, Dr. Varney held senior level positions at Sepracor, Inc., where he was Vice President and head of Discovery, and at Bionomics, Ltd., where he was Vice President of Drug Discovery. Dr. Varney held positions of increasing responsibilities over his six-year tenure at SIBIA Neuroscience Inc., including his most recent position as Director of Neuropharmacology. Upon the acquisition of SIBIA by Merck, Inc in 1999, he was appointed a Director at Merck’s San Diego facility. Prior to SIBIA, he held research positions at Servier in France and Merck Sharp & Dohme in the U.K. Dr. Varney received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry with honors from Surrey University, U.K. and completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at Oxford University, U.K. Dr. Varney’s career has focused on drug discovery programs for treating schizophrenia, depression, cognitive disorders, anxiety, pain, epilepsy and insomnia. He has been successful in developing drug candidates in several of these disease areas, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and filed numerous patent applications relating to new chemical entities and methods of use.