Published on
June 20, 2022

Stephen Bardin to Join atai Life Sciences as CFO Designate

  • Stephen Bardin will join as CFO Designate on June 27, 2022
  • After a transition period, atai’s current CFO Greg Weaver will be moving into a part time strategic advisory role

NEW YORK and BERLIN, June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- atai Life Sciences N.V., (Nasdaq: ATAI) (“atai” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders, announced today that Stephen Bardin, currently Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: BBIO) ("BridgeBio"), will be appointed Chief Financial Officer during the third quarter of 2022.

Initially, Mr. Bardin will join the Company as Deputy CFO and CFO Designate on June 27th and will be supported in his transition by current CFO Greg Weaver. Mr. Weaver, after two years of exceptional service to the Company, will subsequently step into a strategic advisory role which is expected to conclude on March 31, 2023.

Mr. Bardin spent nearly three years at BridgeBio, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline of development programs, where he oversaw a broad range of finance activities and helped raise over USD 2B through a variety of financing transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Bardin held positions focused on finance, operations and corporate development at Myovant Sciences, Inc., Halo Neuroscience, Inc., and the Boston Consulting Group. He holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering.

“Stephen’s highly relevant experience and his unique insights into our hub and spoke model of drug development make him the perfect fit for our team. I am thrilled to have him join us on our mission to pioneer the development of highly effective mental health treatments,” said atai Co-Founder and CEO Florian Brand. “We also extend our deepest gratitude to Greg for his achievements in building a strong finance function and his leadership during our successful IPO. We would not be where we are today without him.”

“I am so proud of what we achieved as a team at atai during my tenure over the last two years,” said Mr. Weaver. “With a cash balance of USD 335M (as of March 31, 2022), we have built a company that is very well capitalized and in a uniquely strong position for success given its leadership and diverse pipeline of potentially transformative mental health treatments. I have no doubt that Stephen will be an excellent addition to atai’s leadership team.”

About atai Life Sciences

atai Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company aiming to transform the treatment of mental health disorders. Founded in 2018 as a response to the significant unmet need and lack of innovation in the mental health treatment landscape, atai is dedicated to acquiring, incubating, and efficiently developing innovative therapeutics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health disorders.

atai's business model combines funding, technology, scientific, and regulatory expertise with a focus on innovative compounds, including psychedelic therapy and other drugs with differentiated safety profiles and therapeutic potential. By pooling resources and best practices, atai aims to responsibly accelerate the development of new medicines across its companies to achieve clinically meaningful and sustained behavioral change in mental health patients.

atai's vision is to heal mental health disorders so that everyone, everywhere can live a more fulfilled life. For more information, please visit

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