Provention Bio announces senior leadership addition

Red Bank-based Provention Bio announced the appointment of Sarah O’Brien as chief people officer, effective immediately.

O’Brien brings more than 20 years of experience building strong employee culture and leading human resources within the biotech sector, and will report to CEO Ashleigh Palmer.

O’Brien’s leadership will support plans for continued growth and enhancement of Provention’s unique mission-driven culture, as well as providing leadership around the company’s organizational design, talent acquisition, employee engagement, diversity & inclusion, training and development, employee experience and benefits administration and design.

“Sarah joins us at a key juncture, as we work to scale and grow Provention Bio while staying relentlessly focused on our purpose to intercept and prevent life-threatening autoimmune diseases,” Palmer stated. “We are thrilled to have Sarah join our leadership team in this newly created position, and look forward to her proven expertise and experience leading our dynamic and progressive organization on on its continuing journey of disruption, along which exceptional talent can thrive and grow.”

O’Brien joins Provention Bio as a highly-accomplished human resources leader with extensive experience building and growing impactful organizations. She most recently served as chief people officer at Ardelyx, and has also served in prior senior leadership roles at Ohana Bioscience, Relay Therapeutics, Novartis and Sobi.