John Friend

Chief Executive Officer at Kazia Therapeutics

John Friend has a diverse work experience in the medical and scientific field. John is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Kazia Therapeutics Limited since May 2023. Prior to this role, they were the Chief Medical Officer at Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. from November 2021 to May 2023. John also held the position of Chief Medical Officer at Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. from July 2020 to November 2021 and at DRGT-USA from November 2018 to July 2020. John Friend has also worked at Helsinn Therapeutics as the Senior Vice President of Medical & Scientific Affairs from January 2017 to April 2017. John was the Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Helsinn Group from July 2010 to March 2017. Additionally, they held the role of Vice President of Clinical Research at Helsinn Therapeutics from March 2010 to July 2010. John Friend's previous experience includes working as the Medical Director of Clinical Research at Akros Pharma from April 2006 to March 2010 and as a Clinical Instructor at UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School from 2007 to 2010. John also worked as the Director of Global Medical Affairs at Alpharma Inc from 2005 to 2006.

John Friend attended Southern Methodist University from 1988 to 1992, where they obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Chemistry. John then pursued further education at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1992 to 1996, earning their MD degree.



  • Chief Executive Officer

    May 1, 2023 - present

  • Chief Medical Officer

    November, 2021

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