Gil Roth is the founder and president of the Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association (PBOA). In 1999, he helped launch Contract Pharma, which swiftly became the premier magazine covering the pharma/biopharma outsourcing and contract services industry. He served as editor of Contract Pharma from October 1999 until February 2014, chronicling the evolution of the pharmaceutical outsourcing sector. He also helped build the magazine’s annual Contracting & Outsourcing Conference & Exhibition into a top-tier event for both contract service providers and their clients.
In 2013, while reporting on an article about the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA), Mr. Roth had the idea to build a trade association for CMOs and CDMOs, in order to provide them with a voice in regulatory and legislative areas and to raise awareness of the pivotal role they play in healthcare. He held a symposium on the topic in September 2013 and received strong support from many companies in the CMO/CDMO field. Realizing that both roles required complete dedication, he stepped down from the editorship of Contract Pharma in February 2014 in order to take on the full-time job of launching the PBOA and building its roster of member companies.
Gil Roth received a B.A. from Hampshire College in 1993, and an M.A.L.A. from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) in 1995. He was an associate editor and managing editor for several business-to-business magazines before becoming the founding editor of Contract Pharma, a role he held for nearly 15 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter T. Bigelow
xCell Strategic Consulting
Peter Bigelow is the President of xCell Strategic Consulting, a consulting firm to the pharmaceutical industry. He recently served as Interim President of the Qualitest Pharma division of Endo Health Solutions, Inc. Prior to founding xCell, he served as the President of North America Commercial Operations at Patheon and also held the role of CEO.
He previously spent 14 years with Wyeth, where he was responsible for global supply of Wyeth’s Consumer Healthcare products. He also held a variety of senior Engineering and Operations roles for the Prescription Drug side of the Wyeth business. Peter also spent 14 years at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) before joining Wyeth. His assignments included significant international project work in Europe and the Far East and operations experience with injectable product manufacturing.
Peter is a member of the International Leadership Forum of the ISPE and is a frequent speaker at Industry events. He serves on the board of IPS, a global engineering services company, and the Advisory Board of Tracelink, Inc. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from Philadelphia University. Peter and his wife Lynn reside in Valley Forge, PA.
Vice President, Business Development
WellSpring Pharma Services
Sam Ricchezza has 20 years of business development and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing industry. He has held a number of progressively responsible business development positions over the course of his career with Patheon, DPT Laboratories, AAIPharma and WellSpring. Sam is also a member of Contract Pharma‘s Editorial Advisory Board. In his role as Vice President, Business Development, Sam is responsible for WellSpring’s Pharma Services business development and marketing efforts and is part of WellSpring’s senior management team. Mr. Ricchezza also serves on the Board of Directors for the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Fund.
Thomas L. Thorpe
Mr. Thorpe has over 35 years of professional experience in pharmaceutical operations, entrepreneurial initiatives and investment banking. Tom is currently the CEO of Afton Scientific, the parent of AnovaFill, a cGMP contract manufacturer of clinical and commercial sterile injectable drugs. Afton Scientific is also the world’s premier provider of pre-sterilized (Ready-to-Fill®) vials and components for cGMP aseptic processing.
He is the former Chairman of the Virginia Biotechnology Association (Virginia Bio) a statewide organization that promotes the scientific, legislative and economic agenda of the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from University of Virginia. Tom lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three daughters and still enjoys getting knocked around playing ice hockey and lacrosse.
Tedd M. Green
Tedd Green serves as president of Cook Pharmica. Mr. Green holds a BS in business and a master’s in business administration from Indiana University. Prior to joining Cook Pharmica, his professional work experiences included financial, marketing and general business strategy assignments with Arthur Andersen and Eli Lilly and Company. With experience in both the service and the manufacturing industries, Mr. Green helps the organization maintain a focus on providing best-in-class customer service while delivering process excellence in its contract development and manufacturing offerings. Prior to serving as president, Mr. Green served as vice president of business operations and chief financial officer for Cook Pharmica from 2005 until 2008.
Chief Executive Officer
Lee Karras is an established pharmaceutical business executive with over twenty five years of healthcare industry related experience. Prior to joining Halo, Lee held executive leadership roles in several businesses. Most recently he was President of IBA Molecular North America, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of generic radiopharmaceuticals.
Prior to IBA Molecular, Lee spent four years with AAIPharma Services where he was hired to reestablish the CDMO from bankruptcy and did so culminating in a successful $50MM sale to a private equity firm in 2009. Mr. Karras also spent 15 years with Cook Pharmaceutical Services and then Baxter Biopharma Solutions managing those successful CDMO businesses helping build the Baxter business into an a $200MM+ business during his tenure.
Lee has a proven track record of building scalable, yet cost effective businesses as well as managing complex contract research, manufacturing and pharmaceutical services businesses. Having worked in the contract pharmaceutical services industry over the last two decades, Lee has had to adapt and develop new business models to keep pace with the ever changing pharmaceutical landscape.
Lee holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry and an MS in Environmental Science, both from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Baxter BioPharma Solutions
Marie Keeley leads the BioPharma Solutions business for Baxter. She has over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Marie has been with Baxter for the past 15 years. Most recently, she lead the Global Anesthesia & Critical Care business. Throughout her career with Baxter, she has held leadership roles with increasing responsibilities, in sales, national accounts and business operations. Marie earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, in addition to her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Vice President, Drug Product Contract Manufacturing Services
Kevin is responsible for Pfizer’s global drug product contract manufacturing business, including P&L ownership, global marketing, business development, alliance management, development services and other support functions. He leads of team of direct and indirect staff of approximately 150 people and partners with hundreds more within Pfizer to develop, manufacture and supply critical medicines to Pfizer CentreOne partners around the world. Kevin has over twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices field and more than 20 years of experience developing and leading high performing teams. He began his career with Abbott Laboratories in hospital sales, and assumed numerous other sales, marketing, and commercial leadership positions over his 15 year career with Abbott. In 2004, Kevin joined Hospira in conjunction with Abbott’s spin off of the Hospital Products Division. Since then, he has been in various U.S. and global pharmaceutical and device commercial leadership roles. Recent positions include Vice President, Global Medical Devices followed by a role based in the UK as Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he had commercial leadership responsibility for a large portion of the region, along with regional device marketing and the UK-based aseptic compounding business. Kevin joined the legacy-Hospira Contract Manufacturing business (One 2 One) in 2011 as Vice President, Business Development and later transitioned to Vice President, Commercial Alliances. Prior to his healthcare experience, Kevin was a securities broker and financial advisor. Kevin holds a BS in Business Administration/Financial Management from Valparaiso University. He lives and works in the northern suburbs of Chicago and he and his wife Chris have two daughters in college and two golden retriever dogs. In his free time, Kevin enjoys a number of activities including water and snow skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, motorcycling, snowmobiling, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Laura L. Parks, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Operations & Strategic Initiatives
Laura is a member of Patheon’s Executive Committee where she serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations & Strategic Initiatives. She joined Patheon as a result of a merger with part of DSM’s Pharma Business, where she was President of DSM’s finished dosage Contract Manufacturing Organization, DSM Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (DPI). She joined DSM in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for DPI, holding responsibility for New Business Development, Account Management and Marketing. Prior to joining DSM, Laura spent 15 years in the food industry. As Regional Vice President, North America, for the Solae Company, a DuPont/Bunge joint venture, she led the business unit’s sales, marketing, and technical services team for the U.S. and Canada. She began her career as a scientist serving in application technology and research and development management positions with Ralston Purina and Mars. She earned a Ph. D at the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University.
Associate Director Business Development
Christopher Pierce is experienced in all aspects of sterile drug product parenteral manufacturing, including validation and quality control, with more than 15 years at JHS. He is currently involved in submission of IND, NDA, and BLA applications and post-approval changes to FDA, including submission of electronic documentation (eCTD, SPL/eDRLS, electronic lot release, use of FDA ESG). He received his B.Sci., Microbiology, Cell/Molecular Biology from University of Washington, and is a member of the American Society of Quality and the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
Rajan Puri, BSc, MSc, MBA
Vice President, Business Development
Rajan Puri joined Therapure in November 2008. He is responsible for managing the new business development efforts. Prior to joining Therapure, Rajan held senior business development positions with two different Canadian biopharmaceutical companies. Rajan started his career with Eli Lilly Canada, where he held progressively expanding positions in both regulatory affairs and product management.
3M Drug Delivery Systems
As Manufacturing Director, Mr. Romeu has responsibility for the global operations of 3M Drug Delivery Systems. He has over 30 years of experience with 3M in a variety of manufacturing and business roles both in the US and internationally. His experience with both pharma and medical device manufacturing brings a valuable perspective to development and manufacturing of specialty drug-device combination products. Through his previous roles in business development, he has worked to ensure win-win working relationships with customers, partners, and suppliers.
Mr. Romeu has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Missouri, Columbia and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.
Executive Vice President
Metrics Contract Services
John Ross is Executive Vice President and leader of Metrics Contract Services, a division of Mayne Pharma USA. Metrics offers comprehensive contract development and manufacturing services specializing in pharmaceutical oral dose formulation development including potent product handling; clinical trial materials manufacturing; analytical method development and validation; stability studies; release testing; and other support services.
During 20 years of progressive managerial experience John served as chief operating officer and leader for U.S. and Canadian operations at CPL – Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited, a contract manufacturing organization for liquid and semi-solid pharmaceutical products headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. John has also consulted for the pharmaceutical industry during stints with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Tunnell Consulting. John started his pharma career in Finance with Eli Lilly in Toronto, Canada.
John earned his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, from which he also received a bachelor’s of science degree in math and statistics. John has also completed the Leadership and Strategic Impact executive development program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. An avid runner and skier, John resides in Western New York with his wife and two children.
Vice President, Strategy
Founding Board Member
Catalent Applied Drug Delivery Institute
Cornell Stamoran serves as Vice President of Strategy for Catalent, Inc., the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics, and consumer health products. Mr. Stamoran leads Catalent’s strategic planning and market intelligence efforts, as well as supporting its government affairs, investor relations, global M&A and technology innovation and acquisition activities. He also serves as a founding Director of Catalent’s Applied Drug Delivery Institute. Cornell has spent more than 25 years engaged with the health care industry, including 23 years in advanced drug and biologic delivery and outsourcing. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Drug Development and Delivery magazine; on several industry conference advisory teams; and on the steering committee for the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey.
Chris Verbicky, Ph.D.
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Coldstream Laboratories, Inc.
Chris Verbicky has more than 15 years of experience in the contract pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, including roles at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI) and Johnson Matthey Pharma Services. Chris holds a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University at Albany. His background includes process research and development, manufacturing, project management, sales, marketing, and sales management.
Chris has authored or contributed to more than 70 patents, publications, and presentations in the areas of pharmaceutical development, organic chemistry, project management, and business management. He presently holds positions on editorial review boards for the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, Organic Process Research & Development, and Arkivoc and advisory boards for Informex and Interphex conferences.