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Bettina M. Cockroft, M.D., M.B.A.

VP, Clinical Research, Neurology

Bettina joined Cytokinetics in August 2017 as Vice President of Clinical Research, Neurology. Prior to Cytokinetics, she was Chief Medical Officer at Auris Medical, a biotech company based in Basel developing novel therapeutic approaches to inner ear disorders.

Bettina has spent most of her career in Europe leading clinical development programs at several pharmaceutical companies, first at Menarini and its subsidiary Berlin-Chemie in Italy and Germany, followed by Novartis Consumer Health and Merck Serono in Switzerland. She spent close to 10 years at Merck Serono working on developing molecules for multiple sclerosis, eventually leading global clinical development for the multiple sclerosis franchise.

Bettina received her M.D. and trained as a Neurologist at the University of Genova, Italy. In 2014 she received an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Bettina holds both Italian and German citizenship, and is fluent in English, Italian and German. She recently obtained her private pilot certification and enjoys flying around California with her husband, as well as spending time with their two black Labradors, Eddie and Becky.

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