ABOUT / LEADERSHIPNancy Lurker
President & Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Lurker was appointed the Company's President & Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. Ms. Lurker has had broad ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry and companies serving the pharmaceutical industry, including diverse senior leadership positions. From 2008 to 2015, Ms. Lurker served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of PDI, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed healthcare commercialization company. She successfully rebuilt PDI's contract sales business, launching numerous pharmaceutical products for multiple companies across diverse therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology, in advance of a sale of that business line to Publicis Healthcare Communications Group and then repositioned the company as the higher growth, higher margin molecular diagnostics business now named Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Lurker was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG, where she oversaw a multi-billion-dollar product portfolio covering cardiovascular, bone, pain, urology, respiratory, dermatology, biologics, neurology and metabolic therapeutic areas. From 2003 to 2006, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImpactRx, Inc., a privately held healthcare information company, now part of IMS Health Holdings, Inc., where she substantially grew revenues and profitability. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as Group Vice President, Global Primary Care Products and Vice President, General Therapeutics for Pharmacia Corporation, where she led a global business unit that commercialized urology, cardiovascular, central nervous system, respiratory and women's health drugs, overseeing the worldwide launch of Detrol® and Detrol® LA and repositioning Ambien® for revenue growth. She also served as a member of Pharmacia's U.S. executive management committee. Previously, Ms. Lurker spent 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, rising from a sales representative to Senior Director, Worldwide Cardiovascular Franchise Management. Ms. Lurker serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the privately held Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Ms. Lurker previously served as a member of the Boards of Directors of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, plc (NYSE: MNK) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENDP). Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville.
Vice President,Corporate & Commercial Development
Ms. Jorn's experience and expertise in corporate licensing, M&A and alliance management helped her build US and global pharmaceutical businesses across numerous therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology. Most recently, she was EVP and Company Chair at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Bausch & Lomb. Earlier, Ms. Jorn was Group VP of Womens' Healthcare and Fertility at Schering Plough. She was also at Johnson & Johnson as the Worldwide VP of Internal Medicine and Early Commercial Input. She began her career at Merck and for more than twenty years held roles of progressive responsibility in a variety of functions including R&D, regulatory, sales and marketing. Ms. Jorn holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business Administration.
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Paggiarino joined pSivida from Lpath, a leader in lipid-targeted therapeutics, where he served as senior vice president and chief development officer. Prior to joining Lpath, he was vice president and therapeutic unit head for retina diseases at Alcon Laboratories, a division of Novartis, where he was responsible for advancing its retina pharmaceutical development pipeline through regulatory approvals worldwide. Dr. Paggiarino previously served as executive director of clinical development and medical affairs at Pfizer Global R&D, with focus on global clinical development in glaucoma, diabetic and degenerative retinal diseases and medical responsibilities for Macugen®, the first anti-VEGF treatment approved for age-related macular degeneration. Earlier in his career he held research and development positions at Angelini Pharmaceuticals, a private company, where he advanced to president of the firm, and Pharmacia Global R&D, where he was clinical program director of ophthalmology with responsibilities including Xalatan®, one of the leading glaucoma therapies in the world. Dr. Paggiarino earned his degree in Medicine and General Surgery cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and has authored numerous scientific articles.
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Ross has served as the Company's Vice President of Finance since November 2009 and was previously Corporate Controller since October 2006. Mr. Ross was designated as the Company's Principal Financial and Accounting Officer in March 2009. Mr. Ross is the former Corporate Controller of NMT Medical, Inc. and previously served as Vice President of Finance and Vice President of International Operations for JetForm Corporation. Mr. Ross brings 30 years of accounting and financial management experience to the Company. Mr. Ross received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Nazzaro has served as the Company's Vice President of Operations since November 2009 having previously served as Director of Operations from May 2006 to November 2009. Mr. Nazzaro is the former Director of Manufacturing for Control Delivery Systems. Prior to CDS, Mr. Nazzaro held a variety of positions with Boston Scientific Corporation including responsibilities in logistics, R&D, manufacturing and distribution, including responsibility for distribution of cardiac care devices. Mr. Nazzaro has over 20 years of product life cycle and operations experience. Mr. Nazzaro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Vice President of Research
Dr. Guo has served as the Company's Vice President of Research since November 2009 having previously served as Director of Research from January 2006 to November 2009. Prior to joining pSivida, Dr. Guo served as the Director of Preformulation and as a Senior Scientist for Control Delivery Systems where she was one of the original inventors of the Durasert sustained release drug delivery system. Prior to joining CDS, Dr. Guo was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at New England Eye Center and at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Guo received Masters of Science in Medicinal Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from China Pharmaceutical University and Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Riedel joined pSivida in October 2011, bringing with him over 29 years of biopharmaceutical R&D experience. Dr. Riedel has contributed significantly to the achievement of regulatory approval of several novel product candidates, including: INFUSE® (dibotermin alfa); Plenaxis® (abarelix), and the first generic version of Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium). Dr. Riedel has previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Program Management at NormOxys, Inc., as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Momenta Pharmaceuticals and as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Project Management at PRAECIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Before joining PRAECIS, Dr. Riedel held various senior R&D positions at Wyeth Research and Genetics Institute, Inc. Dr. Riedel received a B.A. degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.