Respected industry leader will spearhead company’s small molecule drug discovery portfolio

SOUTH RIDING, VA. Slone Partners, a nationwide executive search firm for life science, biotechnology, and diagnostics companies, has announced the placement of Sotirios Karathanasis, Ph.D. as the new Chief Science Officer (CSO) at Enveda Biosciences. In his new role, Dr. Karathanasis will lead the company’s small molecule drug discovery portfolio and work with Enveda’s preclinical team to advance the company’s lead programs for NASH and Wilson’s disease, among other programs.

Karathanasis is former CSO of endocrine and cardiovascular research at Lilly Research Laboratories, and has held several other key positions in the pharmaceutical industry including Vice President and Head of Biosciences at AstraZeneca, and Director of Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Pfizer Global Research & Development. Over the course of his career, Karathanasis has led drug discovery teams with as many as 250 scientists across a wide scope of geographic locations, disciplines, and functional interfaces. He holds 23 patents and has published more than 100 original manuscripts, review papers, and book chapters.

“Sotirios will bring critical expertise and proven executive leadership to our mission of developing a world-class portfolio in cardiovascular, metabolic, and other complex diseases that have proven refractory to conventional methods,” said Viswa Colluru, Ph.D., Enveda’s Founder and CEO. “His experience will help our team of biologists and medicinal chemists deliver validated, first-in-class drug candidates inspired by unique chemical starting points.”

“Having generated the largest dataset of medicinally-important plant metabolomes purpose-built for machine learning, Enveda is unlocking a new era of small molecule discovery,” said Dr. Karathanasis. “I see tremendous potential in Enveda’s technology to address challenging targets and fundamental disease-causing processes.”

Karathanasis received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia and served his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

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Enveda Biosciences is a biotechnology company building the first high-resolution chemical map of the natural world to tackle the toughest problems in drug discovery. Enveda’s platform is the world’s most advanced drug discovery search engine for dark chemical space, building on years of cutting-edge advancements at the intersection of metabolomics and machine learning. Complementing its breakthrough technology, Enveda’s team includes seasoned drug hunters with decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working alongside world-leading data scientists. For more information on Enveda, visit

*Press release edited 6/27/2023