Florian Brand is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of atai Life Sciences. Prior to joining atai, Florian was starting and building user-centric technology companies as a serial entrepreneur.
Florian suffered from anxiety in his youth and was able to achieve remission through a combination of psychotherapy and robust meditation practice. It was ultimately his experiences seeing his friends and loved ones failed by the mental healthcare system that inspired him to join the movement to transform the treatment landscape for patients who have been unable to find relief in currently available therapies.
Florian was recognized in Endpoint News’ list of 20 under 40 innovators in biotech in 2021 and in Business Insider’s 30 under 40 in healthcare in 2022, which highlights the most influential young leaders shaping the future of the industry. Florian is also a member of the Founders Pledge, a global community of mission-aligned entrepreneurs dedicated to doing good.
“We know that mental healthcare is likely the single largest unmet medical need in the world. We know that what’s out there now isn’t working. And we know that there are better options. So, let’s bridge the gap together.”