Arnold S. Lippa, Ph.D. – Executive Chairman
James S. Manuso, Ph.D. – Vice-Chairman
Jeff Margolis – Director
James E. Sapirstein, RPh., M.B.A. – Director
Mr. Sapirstein, a Director since 2014, has been the Chief Executive Officer and director of ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company, since March 20, 2014. Prior to joining ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Sapirstein served as the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Alliqua Biomedical, Inc. He is considered a start-up and turnaround specialist, with 30 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience. He was a founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Tobira Therapeutics, Inc. from October 2006 to April 2011. He has launched several HIV/AIDS agents worldwide. Mr. Sapirstein was with Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he served as the Head of the International HIV business at Bristol-Myers Squibb, as well as working in its Infectious Disease marketing teams. In 2002, he accepted the position of Executive Vice President for Serono Laboratories, where he led a team of over 100 professionals in the HIV and pediatric growth hormone business. He has held positions at Gilead Sciences, where he was responsible for the product Viread®, as well as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hoffmann-LaRoche Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Company. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board at MusclePharm Corp., and is a member of the Board of Directors of Clinical Supplies Management, Inc. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Director at the Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy. He has also previously served as a Director of BioNJ and BIO’s Emerging Company Board. Mr. Sapirstein received his Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Farleigh Dickinson University.
Kathryn (Katie) MacFarlane, Pharm.D. – Director
Kathryn MacFarlane has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with expertise in marketing, new product planning, and commercialization. She is currently an owner and Managing Partner of SmartPharma LLC, a pharmaceutical consulting firm specializing in commercial consulting for emerging pharmaceutical companies. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Development for Napo Pharmaceuticals. Her expertise includes market assessment and commercial planning for products in development as well as evaluating products for licensing or acquisition. Prior to Napo Pharmaceuticals, Dr. MacFarlane was the Chief Commercial Officer of Agile Therapeutics. Before joining Agile Therapeutics, Dr. MacFarlane served as President and CEO at Xintria Pharmaceutical Corporation and also served as Vice President of Women’s Health and New Product Planning at Warner Chilcott. She had responsibility for the launches of Lipitor®, Celexa®, and Loestrin® 24.
Dr. MacFarlane is an Affiliate Faculty member to the Purdue School of Pharmacy, where she was named a Distinguished Alumna in 1999, and in 2012, she was named the Eaton Entrepreneur of the Year. She has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Industrial Pharmacy Practice with Rutgers University and Hoffmann-LaRoche. MacFarlane currently serves on the Purdue University School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council and is a Founding Member and Advisor to IPhO. She also serves on the Board of Directors for INMED Partnerships for Children, an NGO dedicated to providing food security and health services to women and children. MacFarlane received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Purdue University.