Lars Christian WildePresident, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder
Lars is President, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of COMPASS Pathways.
Lars is an active serial entrepreneur in tech and biotech and business angel, and has helped to successfully build several companies. Before joining COMPASS, Lars was the founder and CEO of Springlane, a leading European direct to consumer kitchen and BBQ brand and the largest German cooking magazine.
Lars previously worked as an investor at Waterland Private Equity, one of the world’s best performing private equity funds. Amongst other buy-and-build investments, he focused on building VivaNeo, the largest European in-vitro fertilization group, providing patients with cutting edge medical solutions. Lars has also spent time with Boston Consulting Group in Munich and São Paulo.
Lars holds a master’s degree in Finance from IE Business School in Spain and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He spent exchange semesters at the University of Münster, the Copenhagen Business School and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Having suffered from treatment-resistant depression and generalized anxiety disorder myself, I understand the devastating impact the diseases have on a person’s life. I had the privilege of accessing a treatment with psilocybin and have been relieved of the debilitating diseases ever since. Unfortunately, this treatment is not legally available to most people in the world and its efficacy has yet to be proven in large-scale clinical trials. Having founded and invested in several companies in the past, I recognised that COMPASS offers the opportunity to build something immensely beneficial for our global society. I am excited by the outlook of solving one of humanity’s largest unmet medical needs together with an extremely smart and vision-driven team.