Compass Pathways Co-founder Steps Down

 Compass Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS)  announced that Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Ekaterina Malievskaia will step down from her executive role effective June 16, 2023. She will remain a member of the Compass Pathways Board of Directors, while her executive responsibilities will be carried forward by the existing executive team.

Dr. Ekaterina Malievskaia said, “I am grateful for the opportunity I had to co-found Compass Pathways and to work alongside such talented and dedicated people. We had a steep learning curve, building the company from a tiny start-up, through our initial public offering, and now to our phase 3 program. I am excited to take this experience forward into new opportunities in philanthropy and business to help change patients’ experience with mental health care and address significant unmet needs. Onward!”

Together with George Goldsmith and Lars Wilde, Katya co-founded Compass Pathways in 2017, determined to bring much-needed innovation to the field of mental health care. She helped oversee the growth of Compass and provided critical executive leadership to the company both before and after its initial public offering in 2020. During her tenure, she oversaw the development and execution of the groundbreaking phase 2b trial of COMP360 psilocybin for patients with treatment-resistant depression, started and helped build critical functions such as R&D, Digital Health, AI and Machine Learning, and Clinical Care Innovation. She also developed the company’s psychological support model and built its network of trained therapists.

Ekaterina received her medical degree from St Petersburg Medical Academy in St Petersburg, Russia, and then moved to the US where she completed her Internal Medicine residency training. She worked in private practice, academic medicine, and public health for more than 15 years in the greater New York area. She was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as a Research Professor at City University of New York. After moving to London in 2011, Ekaterina worked in global health and medical philanthropy, focusing on improving outcomes in maternal and child health.

Kabir Nath, CEO, of Compass Pathways, said, “Katya leaves an indelible mark on the company she helped found. COMPASS today reflects both the rigor and precision one would expect from a scientist and the compassion for and commitment to patients that one would expect from a physician. Her influence extends well beyond our company to the fields of psychedelic medicine and mental healthcare. We are closer to meaningful breakthroughs in care for patients thanks to her dedication, hard work, and leadership. We are pleased that we will continue to benefit from her experience and insights as she remains on the board.”

Watching Cash Levels

While the company has a large cash cushion, it is also spending quite a bit. In the company’s recent earnings call, CFO Mike Falvey said, “Our cash balance decreased by $26 million in the first quarter of 2023 due to using $27.7 million in operating cash, partially offset by $1.1 million provided by financing activities due primarily to the sale of shares under our ATM facility and a change of $0.7 million due to exchange rates impacts. The movement in operating cash is primarily driven by our net loss, partially reduced by noncash charges. Regarding guidance, we expect the second quarter net cash used in operating activities to be between 22 million and 30 million and the full year to be between $85 million and $110 million.”

He added, “The size of the second quarter range is due to the challenge in predicting the precise timing of cash outlays to support our phase 3 program in its early stages. As the trial reaches steady-state enrollment, we expect to offer a narrower quarterly and annual range. Compass continues to maintain a strong financial position with cash and cash equivalents of $117.1 million on March 31st, 2023, compared with $143.2 million on December 31st, 2022. In addition to our first-quarter cash balance, in the second quarter, we have received net proceeds of $26.9 million through the share — sale of shares under our ATM facility, which has further strengthened our cash position and extended our runway.”


Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

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