Princeton-based Otsuka, mental health leader, names Kraus chief medical officer

Dr. John Kraus has been named executive vice president and chief medical officer of Otsuka, the Princeton-based company that is a leader in the mental health space.

Since joining Otsuka in July 2021 as vice president of global clinical development, central nervous system, Kraus has played an instrumental role in leading the company’s CNS research and development efforts.

With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Kraus leverages his scientific and medical expertise to lead drug development programs, offer strategic oversight and collaborate cross-functionally to optimize clinical trials.

Kraus received his Ph.D. in neurobiology and his M.D. from Duke University and currently serves as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Kraus is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.