Dr. Shanahan joined Anthera as Chief Medical Officer in August 2016. Prior to Anthera, Dr. Shanahan served as Chief Medical Officer of Arena Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to June 2016. Prior to Arena Pharmaceuticals, he served as Tanox Inc.’s Chief Medical Officer from August 2000 until March 2004. Dr. Shanahan served as Vice President, Drug Development of Isis Pharmaceuticals (now Ionis) from 1995 to August 2000 and as Senior Director in 1994. Prior to that, he was Director of Clinical Research at Pfizer Central Research from 1990 to 1994. At Searle Research and Development, he held Associate Director and Director of Clinical Research positions from 1986 to 1989. In addition, he has held various academic positions in divisions of rheumatology, including Assistant Professor and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern University.
Dr. Shanahan holds an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a J.D. degree from Loyola University, Chicago.