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Martin Freed, M.D.

Independent Director

Martin Freed, M.D., has been a member of the Dicerna board of directors since 2016. Dr. Freed has served as an independent consultant to several private pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare companies, specializing in clinical and general pharmaceutical development and clinical and regulatory strategy since February 2015.


Dr. Freed co-founded and served as chief medical officer of Civitas Therapeutics, Inc., from December 2010 to October 2014 (acquired by Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.) and as senior vice president, clinical development of Acorda from October 2014 through January 2015.


In addition, Dr. Freed has served as chief medical officer and has provided strategic and operational planning and execution, as well as medical leadership for clinical pharmacology, development strategy and preclinical development, for multiple pharmaceutical companies including Avila Therapeutics, Inc., Taligen Therapeutics, Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc. (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb), and Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Dr. Freed spent nearly 14 years at GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, where he served in numerous roles including vice president, clinical development and medical affairs in the metabolism therapeutic area. He has authored over 100 publications or presentations.


Dr. Freed has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology. He performed his internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital and his nephrology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Freed received his B.S. with Distinction in biology from the University of Delaware and his M.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine.