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Phil Skolnick

Chief Scientific Officer
Opiant Pharmaceuticals
United States of America


Phil Skolnick has more than 45 years of pharmaceutical experience, with leadership positions in academia, government and industry. Prior to Opiant, he served as the Director, Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH (2010-2017). He was Chief Scientific Officer (2001-2009) and President (2007-2009) of DOV Pharmaceutical, Inc. He was a Lilly Research Fellow (Neuroscience) at Lilly Research Laboratories (1997-2000). Prior to this, he served as Senior Investigator and Chief, Laboratory of Neuroscience, at the NIH from 1986-1997. He has also served as a Research Professor of Psychiatry at New York University-Langone Medical Center, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University, and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine. Throughout his career, he has been attached to more than 550 publications in the fields of molecular and clinical neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Skolnick received a BS from Long Island University (summa cum laude) and a PhD from the Department of Pharmacology, George Washington University School of Medicine. He has been awarded a DSc, honoris causa from Long Island University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

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