President & Chief Executive Officer
Gerri Henwood has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company since our inception in 2008. From 2006 to 2013, Ms. Henwood served as the President of Malvern Consulting Group, Inc., or MCG, a pharmaceutical incubator and consulting firm. Ms. Henwood continues to spend a very small portion of her time engaged in the provision of consulting services for MCG to other companies, including companies that are engaged in the development and commercialization of other pharmaceutical products. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Henwood was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Auxilium, a biopharmaceutical company she founded in late 1999. From 1985 to 1999, Ms. Henwood was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IBAH, Inc., or IBAH, a contract research organization. IBAH reached a net revenue level of $150 million, as a NASDAQ traded company, before being acquired by Omnicare in 1998. Ms. Henwood began her career with Smith Kline & French, now part of GlaxoSmithKline plc, in the pharmaceutical management program. She rose through the ranks to be a brand manager, then the head of Regulatory and Medical Affairs for the U.S. business and then to the position of Group Director—Marketing in the International Pharmaceutical Division. Ms. Henwood currently serves on the board of directors of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, a position she has held since May 2015, and two private companies, and she previously served on the board of directors of Alkermes, Inc. and its successor company, Alkermes, plc, a global biopharmaceutical company, from 2003 until March 2015. Ms. Henwood also serves on the compensation committee of the board of directors of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ms. Henwood holds a B.S. in Biology from Neumann University. As our founder and having served as a director since our inception, Ms. Henwood’s extensive knowledge of our business and history, experience as a board member of multiple publicly-traded and privately-held companies, and expertise in developing, financing and providing strong executive leadership to numerous biopharmaceutical companies, as well as Ms. Henwood’s strong background in clinical and product development and substantial knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, contributed to our Board’s conclusion that she should serve as a director of our company.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Celano brings to Recro more than 35 years of financial leadership experience in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical industries. He has served as CFO at Kensey Nash, a Nasdaq listed medical device company and BioRexis, a venture funded-life sciences company. Mr. Celano is also on the board of Orasure Technologies (Nasdaq:OSUR). Mr. Celano has also served as CFO of Makindus, a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company, and at Drugscan, a private equity funded provider of clinical laboratory services. Prior to entering the biopharmaceutical industry, Mr. Celano was a Partner at Arthur Andersen/KPMG, where he worked from 1980 until 2004, and led its life sciences practices. Mr. Celano received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University.
Stewart McCallum, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Stewart McCallum, M.D. has served as our Chief Medical Officer since December 2015. From 2006 to 2015, Dr. McCallum worked at GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), a research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company. While at GSK he served in a range of roles in discovery and development and ultimately as Clinical Director of the Academic and Sirtuin, Discovery Performance Units. During his time at GSK, Dr. McCallum successfully led high profile drug development programs across a wide variety of therapeutic areas including urology, oncology, gastroenterology, dermatology, stem cell therapies, in vitro fertilization and women’s health. While at GSK he was responsible for the planning, design and execution of comprehensive development plans incorporating medical, regulatory and commercial considerations. From 1998 to 2006, Dr. McCallum served as an Assistant Professor of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. McCallum received his M.D. from the University of Toronto and his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He completed his residency in Urology at the University of Toronto and a Clinical Fellowship in Microsurgery and Male Infertility at the Weill Cornell Medical College at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. McCallum is a Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Urology; Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Canada.
Chief Commercial Officer
Fred Graff has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since February 2016. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Graff served as Vice President, North American Sales for Fluidigm Corporation, a life science technology company. In 2013, Mr. Graff Founded Graff & Associates, a life science consulting firm, where he worked until 2015. Prior to founding Graff & Associates, Mr. Graff served as Vice President, Commercial Operations for MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (subsequently acquired by Allergan, Inc.), or MAP, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treatments in neurology, from September 2011 to 2013, where he was instrumental in developing a joint commercial launch plan between MAP and Allergan that included product pricing, contract strategy, trade strategy, product positioning and messaging and sample policy. Prior to joining MAP, Mr. Graff served as Vice President, Sales for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on central nervous system disorders, from 2008 to 2010. Previously, Mr. Graff served as the Senior Vice President of Sales of Sepracor, Inc. (subsequently Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of central nervous system and respiratory disorders, from 1997 to 2007. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Senior Vice President, Development
Randall Mack has served as our Senior Vice President, Development and Secretary since 2008. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Mack served as Executive Vice President, Development for MCG, a pharmaceutical incubator and consulting firm. Mr. Mack continues to spend a small portion of his time engaged in the provision of consulting services for MCG to other companies, including companies that are engaged in the development and commercialization of other pharmaceutical products. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Mack served as Vice President, Project Management and Operations at Adolor Corporation where he oversaw the development programs in the areas of opioid-induced bowel dysfunction and pain management. For more than 15 years, he also held positions of increasing responsibilities at Auxilium, Abbott Laboratories and Harris Laboratories. In these positions he was responsible for the conduct of over 400 clinical trials and the filing of 20 INDs and 4 NDAs. During his career he has authored more than 75 scientific articles, book chapters, abstracts and poster presentations in the areas of gastroenterology, urology, neuroscience and psychiatric disorders. Mr. Mack holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ryan D. Lake
Senior Vice President of Finance & Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Lake has served as our Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since 2017. Most recently, from 2015 to 2017 he served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance at Aspire Bariatrics, Inc. a privately-held commercial stage medical device company. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Lake held executive management and senior finance positions, including Director of the Natural Materials Division, Controller and Senior Director of Finance, at DSM Biomedical (successor to Kensey Nash after its acquisition in 2012), a division of Royal DSM (listed on Euronext Amsterdam), a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. From 2002 to 2012, Mr. Lake held various senior financial positions of increasing responsibility, most notably Senior Director of Finance and Interim CFO, with Kensey Nash Corporation, a publicly traded medical device company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lake was with the public accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Lake began his career in accounting with the forensic accounting firm Nihill & Riedley, P.C. Mr. Lake is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance
Diane Myers has served as our Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Quality since 2008. From 2008 to 2014, Ms. Myers served as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for MCG, a pharmaceutical incubator and consulting firm. Ms. Myers continues to spend a small portion of her time engaged in the provision of consulting services for MCG to other companies, including companies that are engaged in the development and commercialization of other pharmaceutical products. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Myers served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality at Auxilium. In addition, for more than 15 years she held positions of increasing responsibility at GlaxoSmithKline plc in the Quality Control and Quality Assurance groups within the Biopharmaceutical Research and Development Division. Ms. Myers holds a B.S. in Biology from Neumann University. Ms. Myers is Ms. Henwood’s sister.
Jyrki Mattila, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Dr. Mattila joins Recro Pharma from Lipocine Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he served for two years as Chief Business Officer. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Mattila held executive management positions, serving as Chief Business Officer at iCeutica Inc. and as President and Chief Executive Officer at LZ Therapeutics, Inc. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Mattila served as Executive Vice President, Business Development, Product Development and Technical Operations, at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., where he contributed to Auxilium’s growth from a private start-up to a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1986 to 2003, Dr. Mattila held positions of increasing responsibility at Orion Corporation in business development, R&D and executive general management. Dr. Mattila served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center and holds a M.B.A. from the Helsinki School of Economics, a Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Helsinki and a M.D. from the University of Helsinki Medical School.