Alvin Shih, M.D.
Dr. Shih has broad experience in drug development, spanning multiple therapeutic areas and with a focus on rare diseases, including as the former Chief Operating Officer and a founding member of Pfizer’s Rare Disease Research Unit. Prior to his current role as President and CEO of Catamaran Therapeutics, he was CEO at Disarm Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that developed therapeutics for both rare and prevalent neurodegenerative diseases until its acquisition by Eli Lilly in 2020. Before that, Dr. Shih was CEO at Enzyvant Therapeutics, where he led the company’s cell/tissue-based therapy development for treating a rare immunologic disease. He also was the Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Retrophin, Inc., where he worked on therapies for multiple rare disease indications. Dr. Shih previously worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company and L.E.K. Consulting, LLC. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shih received his MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his BA degree from Vanderbilt University.