Reena Desai joined MBrace in June 2024 as the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. In this role, Reena is responsible for the company’s overall legal strategy, including all corporate, compliance, business and intellectual property matters.

She joins MBrace, after serving as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Mirati Therapeutics, where she was responsible for the legal, corporate, intellectual property and compliance functions as a member of the executive management team and board secretary.

Reena has had an extensive career spanning almost 25 years, during which she has represented an array of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, both public and private, including SUGEN (a Pharmacia Company), Pfizer, IONIS Pharmaceuticals, BP Biofuels, Synthetic Genomic, and ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. Within these roles, she has not only provided legal counsel but has also assumed operational and leadership responsibilities. Reena brings a broad range of experience in corporate governance and navigating complex negotiations involving strategic partnerships, equity and debt financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing transactions.

Reena received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology/Genetics from the University of California, Davis, completed her graduate coursework in Molecular and Cellular Biology at San Francisco State University and earned her law degree from California Western School of Law. Since 2022, she has served on the Board for Designing Dreams, USA, a non-profit children’s cancer charity.