Mr. Abdollahian has over 16 years of corporate strategy, partnering and M&A experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and leads Cidara’s business development strategy and execution. Prior to joining Cidara, Mr. Abdollahian was Managing Director of Clarity Point Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused on managing corporate licensing efforts, product acquisitions and technology spin-outs for a number of biopharmaceutical companies. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Trius Therapeutics, where he led the corporate partnering initiatives that resulted in the Asia-Pacific and emerging markets strategic partnership with Bayer Healthcare, and ultimately, the acquisition by Cubist Pharmaceuticals in 2013. In 2008, Mr. Abdollahian served as Director of Special Projects in a biopharmaceutical focused investment bank in Sydney, Australia, and from 2001 to 2007, he held various business development positions focused on closing high-value transactions while at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Isis Pharmaceuticals and Neurogen Corporation. Mr. Abdollahian holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in the biomedical sciences from the University of New Mexico Medical School and a B.S. in biology from the George Washington University.