James D. (J.D.) Weir President & CEO
Mr. Weir founded Primus in 2001 as the first specialty pharmaceutical company to focus on prescription medical food brands using proprietary ingredient platforms targeting major chronic diseases with metabolic etiologies. Prior to Primus, Mr. Weir led drug and medical device businesses for Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kendall-Futuro. As a marketing executive with P&G, he managed OTC businesses such as Crest® and later prescription drugs such as the leading osteoporosis drug Actonel® and the hypertension drug Ziac®. As a Vice President at Kendall-Futuro, Mr. Weir managed commercial operations, including marketing and product development, as well as the company's successful turnaround. Kendall-Futuro had the Curad®, Curity®, Telfa®, Kerlix®, TED®, and Futuro® wound care, venous compression and durable medical equipment product lines. He was instrumental in leading the sale of Kendall-Futuro to German multi-national Beiersdorf AG. He subsequently led brand development and start-up commercialization for Esurance, which was sold to Allstate in 2011. Mr. Weir began his career as a CPA with Deloitte. Mr. Weir graduated with honors from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from Augustana College cum laude with a BS in Business and Accounting.
Michael J. (Mike) Martin CFO, Treasurer & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Martin is a seasoned financial executive and a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to co-founding Primus Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Martin was the President of Citibank's commercial banking subsidiary in the Silicon Valley and later the Chief Financial Officer of the financial consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also was the CFO of a successful e-commerce start-up company called PhotoAlley.com which grew rapidly to become one of the largest Internet retailers of photographic equipment and was acquired by Ritz Camera in 2002. Mr. Martin began his career with one of the major international CPA firms. Mr. Martin received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.
Calvin M. (Cal) Mitchell SVP Operations
Mr. Mitchell has over 30 years of line management operations experience, most recently as Division Vice President & General Manager for pharmaceutical operations for Abbott Laboratories. He also headed the corporate materials purchasing, warehousing and distribution functions for Abbott. Prior to Abbott, he managed Johnson & Johnson's baby products manufacturing and distribution facilities. Mr. Mitchell began his business career with Procter & Gamble in over-the-counter drug manufacturing. He was a lieutenant in U.S. Army. Mr. Mitchell graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering.
Kathleen E. (Kathy) Arendt Director of Human Resources & Administration
Ms. Arendt has over 25 years of Operations/HR Management expertise in large and small organizations. Ms. Arendt spent 12+ years with Boston Edison Company/Pilgrim Nuclear Power station as a Senior Supervisor where she managed an administrative (union) staff and served as an emergency communicator to the public. As Director of Operations in two northeast economic consulting firms, she developed programs to enhance corporate culture, mentored and directly managed large teams, served as Executive Committee member, and chaired corporate compensation committees. Ms. Arendt holds a B.S. in Business Administration and is a summa cum laude graduate from Newbury College.
Brian J. Carroll, Ph.D. Scientific/Regulatory Affairs Manager
Dr. Carroll started his career as a medicinal chemist at Ciba-Geigy and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in natural products biosynthesis at the University of Washington. He later migrated to the medical foods and dietary supplements industry, where over the past ten years he has held positions of increasing responsibility in research and discovery, product development and sales training. His background includes experience at large and small pharmaceutical and medical foods companies, including Molecumetics Ltd., KinDex Therapeutics and Metagenics.
Mary Ann DeMarco Director of Sales and Marketing
Ms. DeMarco has 20 years experience in the Pharmaceutical industry, both in big Pharma and Biotech. Over the years she has worked for Novartis, Pharmacia, and Pfizer as well as a start-up biotech company. Ms. DeMarco has vast expertise in marketing blockbusters (i.e., Xalatan®) and launch experience for which she has won several awards for campaign development and launch execution. In addition to marketing, she has experience in sales, sales training, trade, grass roots initiatives, medical device, and thought leader development. She attended Seton Hall University and graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Biology.
William (Bill) Edwards Trade and Managed Markets
Mr. Edwards brings over 30 years of sales, sales management, marketing, and managed care experience in the pharmaceutical industry to Primus. Prior to joining Primus, Bill spent 28 years with Schering-Plough Corporation. The last 20 years with Schering-Plough was devoted in its entirety to the managed care arena. The last 5 years with Schering-Plough, Bill worked on the joint venture; Merck and Schering-Plough (MSP); managed care national team to launch the cardiovascular products; Vytorin and Zetia. Mr. Edwards has been the recipient of numerous sales and recognition awards for outstanding performance and leadership in managed care and the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Edwards holds a degree in Communications from "The" Ohio State University.
Trevor Hall Director of Product Supply
Mr. Hall has over 20 years of direct operational experience in the manufacture and distribution of liquid, emulsion, and solid oral dosage and topical products. Most recently, as Vice President of Operations with The Coromega Company, he headed materials purchasing, distribution, manufacturing, and product development. His prior experience includes key operational positions at ExtractsPlus, Pharmanex and Nature's Way. Mr. Hall holds a B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University.
Robert M. (Bob) Levy M.D. Director of Clinical Development
Dr. Levy is Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and was in private practice in the State of Washington for 30 years. He was the founder and president of the Olympia Arthritis Clinic and Olympia Osteoporosis Center, and the Medical Director of South Sound Clinical Research Center. In the latter capacity, he performed or oversaw more than 200 clinical trials and consulted for the pharmaceutical industry in matters related to early product development, protocol development, and study conduct. Prior to joining Primus, Dr. Levy was the Vice President of Clinical Development for Histatek, Inc., a start-up biotechnology company. Dr. Levy received his MD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine and completed his rheumatology fellowship at the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation.
Frank J. Strocchio Director of Corporate Development & Corporate Controller
Mr. Strocchio joined Primus in August 2005, and has been its Controller since July 2006. Frank has 20 years of public accounting and corporate finance experience, and is an alumnus of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP where he managed a variety of financial statement audits in the southwestern United States. Prior to joining Primus, Frank served as Controller for three joint ventures operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., and managed the accounting for Starwood's $400 million domestic joint venture portfolio. Mr. Strocchio holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.