Doug Krafte, Ph.D.

Doug Krafte, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Doug Krafte is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Icagen, Inc. Dr. Krafte has held a variety of positions over 25 years within the pharma/biotech sectors across multiple therapeutic areas most recently as Executive Director & Site Head for the US arm of Pfizer’s Pain & Sensory Disorders Research Unit, as well as positions at Aurora Biosciences, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sterling Winthrop. Over the years he has gained extensive experience in managing and leading small molecule drug discovery teams that have successfully advanced multiple molecules to the clinic.

Dr. Krafte is an expert in drug discovery targeting ion channel proteins. Two of the most recent projects identified clinical candidates that remain in clinical development with Pfizer. He was a member of the Leadership Team for Pain & Sensory Disorders Unit reporting to the CSO and also serves on the Emerging Science Fund which evaluates a wide range of asset and technology opportunities across all therapeutic and platform areas at Pfizer. 

Dr. Krafte has extensive experience in managing drug discovery projects & teams, technology evaluation, and due diligence from both the perspective of the buyer and seller. He is currently a member of the Biophysical Society, Society for Neuroscience, American Heart Association and Cardiac Electrophysiology Society. He serves as a mentor for the 4D Strategic Initiative, which advises Principal Investigators from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and affiliated partners in drug, device and diagnostic development and commercialization. 

Dr. Krafte did his post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology in Molecular Neurobiology and received his MS/PhD in Physiology from the University of Rochester.