Neema Mayhugh, PhD

Neema Mayhugh, PhD, Elected 2023

Dr. Mayhugh became a Director on Athersys’ board in August of 2023. She is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare consulting, industry, academic, and hospital settings. Dr. Mayhugh has served as the Founder and Managing Partner of Wave Strategy, a consultancy focused on the rapid commercialization of healthcare innovations, since 2016. Under her leadership, Wave Strategy has bridged early-stage technologies from renowned medical institutions with investors and industry experts, propelling them into the market. Notable partnerships include collaborations with Mass General Bringham, The Cleveland Clinic, and BioEnterprise Corporation, among others. Prior to Wave Strategy, Dr. Mayhugh served as Chief Operating Officer at Mobile Hyperbaric Centers from 2015-2016, where she instituted transformative changes that increased patient volumes and compliance rates while enhancing organizational efficiency. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions at The Cleveland Clinic and Pfizer, with a focus on commercialization and market analytics. Dr. Mayhugh holds a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from Dartmouth College and a BS in Human Physiology from Boston University.

Independent Director

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Nominations, Governance and Compliance Committee