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Steven Romano, MD

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Steven Romano, MD, Head of Research and Development

Dr. Steven Romano initially joined Silence as Non-Executive Director in July 2019. He was appointed Head of Research and Development in April 2023.


Dr. Romano is a pharmaceutical executive and board-certified psychiatrist and pharmaceutical executive with over 28 years of drug development experience across a wide range of therapeutic and disease areas. Dr. Romano most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where he had responsibility for research and development, regulatory, safety sciences and medical affairs. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Dr. Romano spent 16 years at Pfizer, Inc. where he held a series of senior research and development and medical roles, culminating in his most recent position as SVP, Head, Global Medicines Development, Global Innovative Pharmaceuticals Business. He has recently served as Chairman of the Board of the National Pharmaceutical Council, a non-profit health policy research organization, and is a past president of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology, an independent organization focused on enhancing therapeutic development of central nervous system therapeutics.


Dr. Romano received his M.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in biology and English literature.