NeuraWell Therapeutics

Executive Team

Magid Abraham, PhD – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Abraham is CEO and co-founder of NeuraWell, a mental health therapeutics company.  He co-founded ‘ComScore’ and took it public in 2007. He was founder and CEO of Paragren Technologies, producing CRM systems. As president of IRI, a major international research company, he led the company through sustained growth and innovation.

Dr. Abraham received a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. from MIT, and is Engineer of the Ecole Polytechnique, France.  He became a Visiting Scholar at Stanford in 2015, where he taught at the Graduate School of Business for three years. He serves on several commercial and institutional boards.

He is a world expert on consumer and market measurement and analytics and has authored seminal award-winning articles.  He received some of the most prestigious awards in the field. He was inducted in the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and designated “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum.

Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., Ph.D. – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Stahl has held faculty positions at Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Institute of Psychiatry London, the Institute of Neurology London, and, currently, as clinical professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California Riverside, adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and as Honorary Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Stahl serves as editor-in-chief of CNS Spectrums and is Senior Academic Advisor and Director of Psychopharmacology for the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) where he has a leadership role in addressing violence and decriminalization of the seriously mentally ill in the five-hospital 6500 patient DSH.

Author of over 560 articles and chapters with an H index of 62, and more than 2000 scientific presentations and abstracts, Dr. Stahl is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, and teacher in psychiatry with subspecialty expertise in psychopharmacology.  Dr. Stahl has written 53 textbooks and edited 15 others, including the best-selling and award winning textbook, Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, now in its fifth edition and the best-selling and award-winning clinical manual, Essential Psychopharmacology Prescriber’s Guide, now in its seventh edition.  Dr. Stahl has also published a novel, Shell Shock, a thriller that recounts the history of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Michael Goldberg, MD, PhD – VP of Medical Science

Dr. Goldberg is a Physician-Scientist with more than 30 years’ experience in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech.  Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of Tulane Medical and Graduate Schools, where he received his MD, and PhD.  After medical residency at Tulane Affiliated Hospitals, he received advanced training in Clinical Pharmacology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  He has held key leadership positions in the areas of Clinical Pharmacology and Safety at companies including Eli Lilly, Merck, Theravance and Amgen.  Michael has authored 3 books and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, with numerous abstracts presented at multiple scientific meetings.

Areas of expertise include clinical pharmacology, providing tools to understand the science behind novel therapeutic mechanisms of multiple development candidates, including use of biomarkers, optimization of experimental design and proper analysis of data.  Clinical safety expertise includes consideration of signal detection methods and risk management for multiple products. He has contributed directly to the development of 5 marketed products and supported clinical risk management activities of more than 30 pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

Dr. Goldberg is currently serving as acting head of clinical pharmacology at NeuraWell Therapeutics Inc. His research interests include contributing to the development of new therapies via integration of experience in clinical pharmacology, pharmacovigilance/risk management, and management of risks associated with product clinical and quality findings.

Sue Maino, BA, BSN, RN – VP of Clinical Operations

Sue is a clinical research professional who received her BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and later completed a BSN at Oakland University. Prior to entering the drug development industry, Sue practiced psychiatric nursing in a range of settings including inpatient, outpatient, psychiatric E.R., and case management. With multidisciplinary treatment and research teams, she focused on the care and treatment of patients with chronic mental illness and managed care for highly recidivistic patients with schizophrenia in specialized Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs in Oakland County, MI and San Diego County, CA.

Sue transitioned from nursing to clinical research in 1991 and has broad experience in monitoring, clinical management, project and program management in Phases I-III clinical trials. She has worked within both pharmaceutical and CRO organizations in managing large, complex, full-scope, global clinical trials with a focus in Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease psychosis and stroke.

Prior to joining the NeuraWell team, Sue’s recent work included program management with Intra-Cellular Therapies on the development of Caplyta (lumateperone) for schizophrenia and bipolar depression, and at ACADIA Pharmaceutical’s development of NUPLAZID (pimavanserin) for Parkinson’s disease psychosis.

Melissa L. Goodhead, BS, MS, RAC – VP of Regulatory Affairs

Ms. Goodhead received a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in science from the University of Tampa. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Goodhead is President of Pharmaceutical Project Solutions, a pharmaceutical drug development consulting firm. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Ms. Goodhead held a senior management position at Somerset Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for development, manufacturing and regulatory strategy. She played a key role in the development and regulatory approval of a novel, next generation MAO inhibitor (patch selegiline) for the treatment of depression, Parkinson’s disease and other indications. Ms. Goodhead has led multiple successful 505(b)(1) and 505(b)(2) applications and filed multiple INDs, in multiple Divisions. In addition, Ms. Goodhead had led, and presented in, industry focused FDA Advisory Committee meetings responsible for data preparation, response development, and presentation format. She played the led role in label, patient information and REMS development, negotiation and positioning. Ms. Goodhead is responsible for regulatory and compliance at EPI HEALTH.