Craig C. Chambliss
President and CEO/Co-Founder
C raig Chambliss has 25 years invested in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and drug delivery arenas, with primary focus on diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and epilepsy, in particular. He co-founded Neurelis in 2007 and has served as CEO and President since 2013.
In 2010, Mr. Chambliss joined NextWave Pharmaceuticals as Chief Business Officer and directed the corporate refocus to the CNS market, raising $45M in Series C financing and culminating in the sale of NextWave to Pfizer for over $700M in 2012. Prior to NextWave and Neurelis, he led commercial operations at Questcor Pharmaceuticals, from 2005-2007, where he was responsible for helping to engineer the transition to a CNS-focused company and establish the commercial infrastructure to support the relaunch of Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection).
Mr. Chambliss began his career in pharmaceutical sales at Bristol-Myers Squibb and joined Alza Pharmaceuticals upon the launch of their commercial organization in 1994. While at Alza Pharmaceuticals, he served in various sales and marketing roles prior to joining Elan Pharmaceuticals where he served as Director of Business Development for CNS assets. In 2001, along with other former Dura and Elan executives, Mr. Chambliss launched Xcel Pharmaceuticals, a CNS start-up focused on epilepsy and, primarily, the treatment of acute repetitive seizures. He led commercial operations and the successful launch of Diastat® (diazepam rectal gel) until Xcel's acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in 2005 for $280M. Mr. Chambliss holds a BS in Finance and a BS in Accounting from Missouri State University.