Adrienne Graves, PhD

Former CEO, Santen


Dr. Adrienne Graves is a visual scientist by training and a global industry leader in ophthalmology. As the former CEO of Santen Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a 130-year-old Japanese pharmaceutical company, she successfully established a strong global presence, brought multiple ophthalmic products through development to approval and commercialization, and led global teams through successful acquisitions and partnerships. At Santen, Dr. Graves served as Sr. VP of Worldwide Clinical Development (US, Europe, and Japan) for seven years and CEO for eight years. Prior to Santen, she spent nine years at Alcon, joining as Sr. Scientist to establish Alcon’s first Retinal Electrophysiology Laboratory. She progressed through roles of increasing responsibility in R&D, including directing clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas and serving as Director of International Ophthalmology.

Dr. Graves currently serves as an Independent Director on the boards of Ophthotech, Akorn, Nicox S.A., Surface Pharmaceuticals, Oxurion, and Greenbrook TMS Healthcare. She previously held board positions at Encore Vision (2011 – 2017; acquired by Novartis), Envisia Therapeutics (2014 – 2017; assets acquired by Aerie Pharmaceuticals), TearLab Corporation
(2005 – 2018), and Aerpio Therapeutics (2012 – 2017). Dr. Graves also serves as Director on the following Foundation Boards: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation, Glaucoma Research Foundation, American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation (Emeritus), Retina Global, Himalayan Cataract Project, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness Retinal Degeneration Fund. She co-founded OWL (Ophthalmic World Leaders) and Glaucoma 360. Dr. Graves received an AB with Honors in Psychology from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Psychobiology/Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Neuroscience at the University of Paris.