Dr. Jacobsen currently serves as our Chief Scientific Officer. He joined DiCE Molecules in November 2015, initially serving as Vice President of Chemistry, and has led the Drug Discovery group since 2019. Prior to DiCE Molecules. Dr. Jacobsen was at Theravance Biopharma (formerly Theravance, Inc.) for 18 years, most recently serving as Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry. At Theravance, Dr. Jacobsen led three research programs in respiratory disease and helped transition six compounds into early development. As a member of the Theravance-GlaxoSmithKline Joint Project Committee (JPC), he helped advance collaboration assets through clinical trials to FDA approvals of Breo® and Anoro®. Within the medicinal chemistry department, he had line-management responsibility for several medicinal chemistry teams, as well as the high-throughput purification group and had a leadership role in the selection of new research projects.
Dr. Jacobsen received an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University.