Pharvaris Appoints Joan Schmidt, J.D., as Chief Legal Officer

May 11, 2022
  • Pharvaris’ executive team further strengthened by Ms. Schmidt’s deep international experience and biopharmaceutical industry tenure

ZUG, Switzerland, May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pharvaris (Nasdaq: PHVS), a clinical-stage company developing novel, oral bradykinin-B2-receptor antagonists to treat and prevent HAE attacks, building on its deep-seated roots in hereditary angioedema (HAE), today announced the appointment of Joan Schmidt, J.D., to the newly created position of Chief Legal Officer, effective June 1, 2022. In this role, she will lead all legal activities, including compliance and governance, in support of Pharvaris’ clinical drug development and commercialization strategies.

Ms. Schmidt brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in compliance, intellectual property, litigation, governance, and people management within the biopharmaceutical industry. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Arena Pharmaceuticals where, as a member of the executive team, she developed and implemented company strategy, and scaled and strengthened the legal, compliance, and intellectual property functions prior to the company’s acquisition by Pfizer in March 2022 for approximately $6.7 billion.

“Joan is a key new addition to our executive leadership team as her legal expertise draws on extensive experience advising biopharmaceutical companies that brought therapeutic products to market,” said Berndt Modig, Chief Executive Officer of Pharvaris. “Joan will be integrally involved in executing Pharvaris’ business growth and strategic plans. We welcome her to our executive team and look forward to her insights as we advance our oral bradykinin-B2-receptor antagonists to people living with HAE.”

Ms. Schmidt commented, “I look forward to collaborating with the team at Pharvaris as we advance our objectives to address critical unmet needs for people living with HAE around the world. Pharvaris is on an exciting journey, and I am looking forward to contributing to the strategic direction of the company and strengthening its legal and compliance functions as Pharvaris advances the clinical and commercial pathways of its oral candidates.”

Prior to Arena, Ms. Schmidt served as General Counsel at DBV Technologies and as U.S. General Counsel and Head of Human Resources at Biotronik. Earlier, Ms. Schmidt had positions of increasing responsibility at Novo Nordisk, both in the U.S. and Europe, most recently as Corporate Vice President responsible for global transactions, litigation, and trademarks. Ms. Schmidt earned her J.D. from Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and obtained a B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

About Pharvaris
Pharvaris is a clinical-stage company developing novel, oral bradykinin-B2-receptor antagonists to treat and prevent HAE attacks, building on its deep-seated roots in HAE. By directly targeting this clinically proven therapeutic target with novel small molecules, the Pharvaris team aspires to offer people with all sub-types of HAE more effective and convenient alternatives to treat attacks, both on-demand and prophylactically. The company brings together the best talent in the industry with deep expertise in rare diseases and HAE. For more information, visit

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Maryann Cimino
Director of Corporate Relations