Dr. Yakatan’s career began as Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Austin. After six years of research and teaching, he was promoted to Associate Professor. From there, he entered the private sector by accepting the role of Director of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism at Warner Lambert Co. Here, his excellent service gained him a promotion to Vice President of Product Development. His next role took him away from Warner Lambert and landed him in Immunetech Pharmaceutical, where he served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development. Then, unleashing his free spirit between 1990 to 2006, Dr. Yakatan founded and managed two drug companies of his own: Tanabe Research Laboratories and Avanir Pharmaceuticals. Lastly, in 1996 Dr. Yakatan became Founder, President, and CEO of this company, IRISYS LLC.
For the past 22 years, Dr. Yakatan has led IRISYS on a successful journey worthy of global recognition. His name and reputation are celebrated in the drug discovery and development industry worldwide.