Karla Kiriako


Director, Government Affairs - East, Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc

Karla Kiriako is the Director, State Government Affairs - East at Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc

For three decades, Neurocrine Biosciences has applied its unique insights into neuroscience to advance medicines for neurological, endocrine, and psychiatric disorders. They have specialized in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. Through internal investment and external collaboration, they relentlessly pursue scientific discovery and development that can lead to important therapies for patients who desperately need new, better options.

While others walk away from neuroscience because of risk and complexity, their team persists, resulting in four FDA-approved therapies for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids, as well as clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas.

Karla has over 25 years of industry and healthcare experience. She brings with her a strong legislative and regulatory background having worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for the majority of her career. She has held roles in government affairs, advocacy, political campaigns, government procurement, marketing, sales and disease management. She is also the current Chair, for the Georgia Bio Policy and Advocacy Committee and was the former Chair for the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America Georgia Task Force for nine years.

Karla graduated with a B.A in Sports Medicine/ Biology from University of the Pacific.  She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.