Board of Directors

Joseph Carleone, Ph.D.
Director

Dr. Carleone is Chairman of the Board of AMPAC Fine Chemicals LLC, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical active ingredients.  Prior to this position, Dr. Carleone was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of American Pacific Corporation, a leading custom manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals and propulsion products.  Dr. Carleone has also served or currently serves as an officer and/or a director of several directly or indirectly wholly-owned subsidiaries of American Pacific Corporation.  Dr. Carleone received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968; his master's degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1970; and his doctorate degree in Applied Mechanics from Drexel University in 1972.
 

Mark R. Bamforth
Director

Mr. Bamforth has served as a member of the Board of Directors since October 2017. He currently serves as the president and CEO of Brammer Bio, a cell and gene therapy CDMO that he founded in 2015 and merged with Florida Biologix, an established, 10-year old CDMO, in March 2016.  In this role, he oversees a team of more than 300 employees providing services ranging from process development and early clinical supply services to production of Phase III clinical supplies and support for licensure of gene therapy products.  Previously, he founded Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, a biologics CDMO that experienced rapid growth leading to its acquisition by DPx Holdings B.V., the parent company of Patheon, in 2014 for $257.2 million.

Prior to his founding of Brammer Bio and Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, Mr. Bamforth spent 22 years with Genzyme Corporation rising to the position of senior vice president of corporate operations and pharmaceuticals.  In this role, he oversaw a multi-technology, global operations team comprised of more than 3,600 individuals at 13 internal sites and a network of 24 contract manufacturing organizations.  This team was charged with supplying over 20 commercial products and multiple clinical products that spanned biologics, cell therapy, gene therapy, pharmaceuticals and biologic devices.  While at Genzyme, Mr. Bamforth served as a member of the CEO's operating committee, helping to guide corporate strategy acquisition, partnering and growth to over $4 billion in sales.

Mr. Bamforth also serves on the boards of MassBio and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is a Saltire Foundation founding-trustee. He earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Strathclyde University and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Richard B. Hancock
Director

Richard (Rick) B. Hancock has worked in the biologic CDMO industry for over 30 years in various operational and executive roles, serving most recently as President and CEO of Althea Technologies, Inc., a large molecule CDMO producing a wide range of biologics, vaccines and parenteral products. In addition to Althea, Mr. Hancock has held senior management positions at The Immune Response Corporation, and Hybritech Inc. (now part of Eli Lilly & Company), and he is currently the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Argonaut Manufacturing Services, Inc., a CDMO focused on the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Mr. Hancock received a BA in Microbiology from Miami University.
 

Roger J. Lias, Ph.D
Director

Dr. Lias has served as a member of the Board of Directors since September 2017. He most recently served as executive director, head of global biologics business development for Allergan plc., where he was responsible for developing and executing strategies designed to support the company’s business development activities related to innovative biologics, biosimilars and complex injectable products. In this role, he was instrumental in identifying, structuring and negotiating a biosimilars co-development collaboration with Amgen for four oncology biosimilar monoclonal antibody products. Prior to Allergan, Dr. Lias was president and group commercial director for Eden Biodesign, an established biopharmaceutical contract manufacturer and consultancy and wholly-owned subsidiary of Eden Biopharma Group. During his time with Eden Biodesign, he successfully transitioned the company’s CDMO client base from early-stage biotechnology companies to established biotechnology and multinational pharmaceutical companies, while also playing a key role in the eventual sale of Eden Biopharma Group to Watson Pharmaceuticals (now Allergan). Throughout his career, Dr. Lias has held senior management positions at several leading CDMOs including Cytovance Biologics, KBI BioPharma, Diosynth RTP (formerly Covance Biotechnology Services) and Lonza Biologics. At each of these companies, he was primarily charged with overseeing commercial operations, including growing and diversifying their respective client bases. During this time, Dr. Lias’ achievements ranged from building start-up Cytovance’s contract process development and biopharmaceutical cGMP production business, to significantly increasing revenues and transitioning the Diosynth organization from clinical to commercial supplier over a four-year period. Additionally, he has built a reputation as a highly regarded CDMO industry advocate who has contributed to the acceptance and growth of the biologics contract manufacturing market. Dr. Lias earned his Ph.D. from Clare College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Joel McComb
Director

Joel McComb is the CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder of BioSpyder Technologies, Inc. Prior to BioSpyder, Mr. McComb served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Illumina, Inc., President of GE Healthcare's Life Sciences and Discovery Systems division, and President of GE Healthcare's Interventional Medicine division. Prior to GE Healthcare, Mr. McComb was the President, CEO and a director of Innovadyne Technologies, Inc., and held various positions at Beckman Coulter, Inc., and Charles River Laboratories (at the time a division of Bausch & Lomb Inc.) where he was a National Business Manager for the company's monoclonal antibody CDMO division. Mr. McComb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
 

Gregory P. Sargen
Director

Gregory P. Sargen currently serves as Executive Vice President – Corporate Development and Strategy of Cambrex Corporation (NYSE:CBM) (“Cambrex”), a global manufacturer and provider of services to life sciences companies.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Sargen served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cambrex.  Prior to Cambrex, Mr. Sargen served as Vice President of Finance – Chemicals Manufacturing Division of Fisher Scientific International Inc. (n/k/a Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.) (NYSE:TMO), and held positions with Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Heat and Control, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Sargen is a Certified Public Accountant (non-practicing) and holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

Patrick D. Walsh
Director

Mr. Walsh has served as a member of the Board of Directors since October 2017. He currently serves as chief executive officer of Avista Pharma Solutions, a high-growth CDMO with over 220,000 square feet of facility space that provides pharmaceutical clients with a full suite of service offerings including analytical, microbiology, API, formulation, drug substance & drug product manufacturing expertise and capabilities.  Prior to joining Avista Pharma, he was chief executive officer of AAIPharma Services, a private-equity backed CDMO at which he led a successful growth strategy culminating in the company's sale for more than 4.5 times return on invested capital.  Mr. Walsh also held the positions of president and chief operating officer of Gensia-Sicor, during which time he led the company's commercial growth strategy, culminating in the eventual sale to Teva for $3.4 billion. Prior to Gensia, he spent 10 years in a global pharmaceutical company culminating in leading the U.S. and international business of a leading Japanese pharma company. Mr. Walsh has served on pharma boards as chairman, non-executive chairman and company director, as well as an executive advisor to private equity and venture capital firms.  He currently serves on the board of Avista Pharma, which is backed by private-equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners.