Small Pharma’s Big Minds – Dr Alastair Riddell

Find out more about the big minds behind the team at Small Pharma through conversations with the people who work here.

Dr Alastair Riddell, Chief Operating Officer at Small Pharma, sat down to share some more about his role at the company and why he’s so passionate about the work we’re doing in mental health.

Who you are and what you do

I’m Alastair Riddell, Chief Operating Officer at Small Pharma, and I’ve been here since June of this year. My main role is to assist the executive team in their activities developing our drugs through the clinic and that’s because of my experience initially as a physician for several years but then as a medical director of biotechs for ten years, and as CEO of biotechs for another 15 years.

What excites you most about Small Pharma?

I think it’s the way it’s looking at interesting novel chemical entities with psychedelic effect but doing so in a very standard way with full regulatory compliance.

Why are you passionate about mental health?

I have a very close family member who was both a long term addict and depressive who has been on standard antidepressants for some time that don’t seem to be helping. I thought that a psychedelic or a psychedelic approach may be a way of helping him out of his difficulties.


Alastair Riddell joined the executive team at Small Pharma in June 2022. Prior to this he was working with Small Pharma as a consultant and coach to members in the senior leadership team. 

About Small Pharma

We’re a biotechnology company researching and developing short-acting psychedelics with supportive therapy for mental health conditions.

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