Wassim Fares



Wassim Fares

Wassim Fares


Janssen R&D US

Why I'm a JPAL

I lead the late development of macitentan (multiple pivotal registration studies are ongoing in my team) and I am or have been involved in multiple due diligence activities that typically involve designing a clinical development plan for a variety of assets, from pre-clinical all the way to post-registration. This process fascinates me. I am very interested in such designs and innovative plans, and I believe that I can add significant value to any asset planning regardless of what stage it is at. I enjoy doing this kind of work, and it would be really gratifying intellectually to work in a collaborative team environment with ambitious and smart people to develop their assets.


I am a US board-certified pulmonologist / respirologist and intensive care specialist. I have sub-specialized in pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary vascular disease, and right heart failure. My priorities are improving people’s health, both at an individual level as well as at a global level. I prioritize teamwork and disruptive innovation to keep health improvement always as the single most important priority. My prior experience as a practicing physician at a tertiary referral academic center guided my career choices and my everyday decisions when writing protocols for example or discussing with health authorities. I have broad and extensive experience in cardio-pulmonary diseases and critical illness. I have special expertise in pulmonary hypertension, as I have taken care of patients having or suspected of having pulmonary hypertension, and I was the principal investigator on many research projects including site PI on international multi-center trials. I have extensively published in the field. In my current role, I lead the development of a small molecule across a broad range of potential indications. I have led the team designing and / or executing multiple ongoing phase-2b or phase-3 pivotal registration trials. I have led the preparations and execution of many health authorities’ meetings. I have a passion for and expertise in rare diseases. My career has focused on Clinical Development in a rare disease space. I have also built well-balanced and complementary teams focusing on improving the lives of patients and their caregivers. I earned my Medical Diploma (MD) from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, my Internal Medicine training from Saint Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, my Pulmonary Hypertension & Heart Failure fellowship training from Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, USA, and my Pulmonary & Critical Care fellowship training as well as my Maters of Science in Clinical Research from the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. I have also worked as teaching and practicing faculty at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, USA and Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA where I directed the nationally accredited Center of Excellence Pulmonary Hypertension Center.


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Fun fact:

I am proud to have intentionally lost 80 lbs using a combination of different techniques that included home-based (books reading) cognitive & behavioral therapy.