Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D.

President & Board Member; Co-Founder

Dr. Mickle co-founded Zevra Therapeutics (then KemPharm, Inc.) in 2006. As President and board member, Dr. Mickle oversees Zevra’s business and scientific strategy and is instrumental in the ongoing development of the company’s pipeline of rare-disease therapeutics.

Prior to Zevra, Dr. Mickle served as director of drug discovery and CMC at New River Pharmaceuticals where he was the principal inventor of Vyvanse®, a prodrug of amphetamine for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Today, Vyvanse is the branded market share leader in the estimated $17 billion plus ADHD market. The success of Vyvanse along with a robust pipeline of prodrugs targeting ADHD, pain and thyroid dysfunctions, which Dr. Mickle was responsible for creating, led to New River Pharmaceuticals being acquired by Shire Pharmaceuticals, PLC for $2.6 billion.

During his career, Dr. Mickle has been granted more than 80 US and EP (Europe) patents and has authored more than 100 patent applications US and worldwide, primarily focused on abuse-deterrent prodrugs in pain management and mental health, including multiple patents for prodrugs of hydrocodone, methylphenidate and amphetamine. He is also the principal or secondary investigator on numerous published abstracts and scientific articles.

Dr. Mickle received his doctorate from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Arts from Simpson College.