Peter Hecht, Ph.D has served as Ironwood’s CEO and a director since co‐founding the company in 1998. He started Ironwood because he was attracted to “the idea of working with a team of people who challenge, inspire and humble me,” and building an enduring organization dedicated to creating important medicines.
Under his leadership, Ironwood has grown from nine Ph.D. scientists to a fully‐integrated research, development and commercial organization. Prior to founding Ironwood, Peter was a research fellow at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, an affiliate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley as well as a B.S. in mathematics and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.