Roger Lias, PhD, Joins Wheeler Bio as President and Chief Operating Officer

Life Science Partner announces the recruitment of Roger Lias, PhD, to Wheeler Bio to advance their expansion as cutting-edge biologics CDMO.

Wheeler Bio, a CDMO, retained Life Science Partner to recruit their President and Chief Operating Officer to accelerate their growth as an industry leader in biologics development services. With a new state-of-the-art Oklahoma City facility, Wheeler Bio has revolutionized the speed of drug discovery with their novel hub-and-spoke concept and Portable CMC® platform that fast-tracks the pathway to IND.

After a nationwide search campaign, Roger Lias, PhD, former Chief Commercial Officer of Vibalogics, was recruited by Life Science Partner to serve as Wheeler Bio’s President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in September 2022.

Lias’ well-established credibility in the biopharma CDMO industry combined with his entrepreneurial leadership experience made him an absolute fit for growing Wheeler Bio into the global partner of choice for biological companies.”

Tom Callaway, MD, Founder of Life Science Partner

Lias will hit the ground running joining the Wheeler Bio team at the BioProcess International Conference in Boston this month, September 2022. In his new role Lias will be responsible for spearheading strategic business opportunities, alliances and joint ventures and will lead a scalable business operations team keeping Wheeler’s technology development and functions aligned with the corporate strategy as industry demand increases.

Prior to joining Wheeler Bio, Lias served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Vibalogics, a Private Equity-backed CDMO that was acquired by Recipharm AB in February, 2022.  He has an extensive track record of entrepreneurial successes including Stelis Biopharma, Avid Biosciences, Allergan, Eden Pharma, Cytovance and KBI Biopharma.

Lias holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He earned his PhD from Clare College, University Cambridge.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.