Michael Falvey joins COMPASS Pathways as Chief Financial Officer

London, UK - 3 December 2021

COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) (“COMPASS”), a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, announced that it has appointed Michael Falvey as Chief Financial Officer, replacing Piers Morgan when he leaves the company, as previously announced, at the end of the year.

Michael Falvey is highly experienced in delivering financial and operational excellence in public and private growth companies. He joins COMPASS most recently from Karyopharm Therapeutics, where he led the financial strategy and prepared the financial infrastructure to support commercial operations as the company delivered pivotal clinical data and prepared to commercialise its first product.  Mr Falvey will assume the title of Chief Financial Officer on 1 January 2022.

Prior to Karyopharm Therapeutics, Mr Falvey served as Chief Financial Officer at several other high-growth companies including Seven Bridges Genomics, Analysis Group, Ahura Scientific, and Aspect Medical Systems, and as Vice-President, Finance, at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. In addition to his healthcare experience, he has held financial positions at Fidelity Investments, Digital Equipment Corporation and General Electric. He holds a Master of Science in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Michael Falvey said: “This is an exciting time to be joining COMPASS Pathways, following the publication of its positive phase IIb topline data earlier this month. They have already achieved so much – raising more than $425 million, completing the world’s largest, randomised, controlled psilocybin therapy clinical trial, creating new approaches in mental health care for treatment-resistant depression and now PTSD – and I look forward to being part of the team and contributing to its success.“

George Goldsmith, CEO and Co-founder, COMPASS Pathways, said: “Mike has an excellent reputation for executing business growth plans and a track record in building strong financial teams. He also has experience of launching and commercialising products which will be invaluable as we bring our COMP360 psilocybin therapy through clinical trials and develop our plans for bringing it to patients. We are so pleased to welcome him to our team and look forward to working together to transform mental health care.”

About COMPASS Pathways

COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS) is a mental health care company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Our focus is on improving the lives of those who are suffering with mental health challenges and who are not helped by current treatments. We are pioneering the development of a new model of psilocybin therapy, in which our proprietary formulation of synthetic psilocybin, COMP360, is administered in conjunction with psychological support. COMP360 has been designated a Breakthrough Therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and we have completed a phase IIb clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for TRD, in 22 sites across Europe and North America. This was the largest randomised, controlled, double-blind psilocybin therapy clinical trial ever conducted, and our topline data showed a statistically significant (p<0.001) and clinically relevant improvement in depressive symptom severity after three weeks for patients who received a single high dose of COMP360 psilocybin with psychological support. We are also running a phase II clinical trial of COMP360 psilocybin therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). COMPASS is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York and San Francisco in the US. Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. www.compasspathways.com

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These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others: preclinical research and clinical development is lengthy and uncertain, and therefore our preclinical studies and clinical trials may be delayed or terminated, or may never advance to or in the clinic; and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in COMPASS’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 9 March 2021 and in subsequent filings made by COMPASS with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by law, COMPASS disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on COMPASS’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. 


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