Patrick Johnson has been Chief Business Officer at Sydenxis since 2017. Prior to this role, Patrick was the Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Allergan, a publicly-traded, large-cap pharmaceutical company. At Allergan, Patrick was responsible for corporate partnerships and mergers and acquisitions in ophthalmology, Allergan’s largest therapeutic area, and also drug delivery. Prior to Allergan, Patrick was a co-founder of Chimeros, a biotechnology start-up company founded in Santa Barbara in 2005 where he was Vice President of Business Development in addition to leading scientific teams as Director of Biology. Before co-founding Chimeros, Patrick was an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was simultaneously conducting research in the Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration while teaching classes in Neurobiology, Developmental Biology, Introductory Biology, and Biotechnology and Society. Patrick holds a B.S. in Biopsychology and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, both from USCB. His doctoral research focused on the development of visual pathways in mammals and his post-doctoral research focused on diseases of the eye, spanning both acute injury (retinal detachment) and chronic disease (age-related macular degeneration).