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Board of Directors
|Gerald P. Belle|
Mr. Belle is our Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to being named Chairman in June 2010, he served as a director from April 2008 until July 2009, when he was appointed Lead Independent Director. From 2004 until his retirement in November 2007, Mr. Belle served as Executive Chairman of Merial Ltd., a global animal health company that was a joint venture between sanofi-aventis and Merck & Co. Prior to that, Mr. Belle spent 35 years at Aventis, Inc. and its predecessor companies, rising to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of North America Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Belle is former Chairman of the Board of Myrexis, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Belle earned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Xavier University in 1968 and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University in 1969.
Ms. Lurker joined us as Chief Executive Officer and a director in November 2008. Prior to joining PDI, Ms. Lurker was senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis AG, where she oversaw a product portfolio in multiple therapeutic areas from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, she was president and chief executive officer of ImpactRx, Inc. since 2003, a privately owned company offering among its services the evaluation of the impact of pharmaceutical promotion on the prescribing behavior of the nation's highest prescribing physicians. From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Lurker served as group vice president-global primary care products for Pharmacia Corporation, where she led a business unit that commercialized drugs for urology, cardiovascular, central nervous system, respiratory and women’s health. She was also a member of Pharmacia’s U.S. executive management committee, the group responsible for managing all U.S.-based profits as well as all U.S. management policies. Earlier in her career, she was vice president for business development at National Physicians Corporation, an IPA risk management and practice management group. During her 14 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ms. Lurker rose from senior sales representative at Mead Johnson to various product management and business development positions, ultimately becoming senior director-worldwide cardiovascular franchise management. Ms. Lurker received a B.S. in Biology with high honors from Seattle Pacific University and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
|Stephen J. Sullivan|
Mr. Sullivan became a director in September 2004. Mr. Sullivan has been providing consulting services since 2010 and founded CRO Advisors LLC, a specialty consulting firm, in late 2010. Previously, Mr. Sullivan was the president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Harlan Laboratories, Inc., a privately held global provider of preclinical research tools and services, from February 2006 through January 2010, when he retired from that position. Prior to joining Harlan in 2006, Mr. Sullivan was a senior vice president of Covance, Inc. and the president of Covance Central Laboratories, Inc., a major division of Covance. Prior to joining Covance, Mr. Sullivan was chairman and chief executive officer of Xenometrix with Discovery Partners International. Prior to Xenometrix, Mr. Sullivan was vice president and general manager of a global diagnostic sector of Abbott Laboratories. Since May 2011, Mr. Sullivan has been the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Molecular Imaging, Inc., a privately held company. Mr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Dayton, was a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps, and completed his M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance at Rutgers University.
Mr. Federspiel has been a director since October 2001. Mr. Federspiel is president of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, a 128 bed, short-term, acute care, not-for-profit hospital in Westchester County, New York. Prior to joining Hudson Valley Hospital in 1987, Mr. Federspiel spent an additional 10 years in health administration, during which he held a variety of executive leadership positions. Mr. Federspiel has served as an appointed Member of the State Hospital Review and Planning Council, and has served as chairman of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, as well as other affiliations. Mr. Federspiel received a B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1975 and an M.B.A. from Temple University in 1977.
|Jack E. Stover|
Mr. Stover has been a director since August 2005. Mr. Stover is also a member of the board of directors of Arbios Systems Inc., a publicly held company. From 2004 to 2008, he served as chief executive officer, president and director of Antares Pharma, Inc., a publicly held company listed on the American Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Mr. Stover was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sicor, Inc., a publicly held injectable pharmaceutical company, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Prior to that, Mr. Stover was executive vice president and director of a proprietary women’s pharmaceutical company, Gynetics, Inc., and before Gynetics, he was senior vice president and director of B. Braun Medical, Inc., a private global medical device and pharmaceutical company. For more than five years prior to that, Mr. Stover was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (then Coopers and Lybrand), working in their bioscience industry division in New Jersey. Mr. Stover received his B.A. in Accounting from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
|Heiner Dreismann, PhD|
Dr. Heiner Dreismann joined us as a director in August 2014. He has more than 27 years of global diagnostics experience in various positions at Roche Diagnostics and later Roche Molecular Systems, where he was president and chief executive officer. Dr. Dreismann also serves on the boards of directors for several public and privately held companies, including GeneNews, Stratos Genomics, Magellan Diagnostics, Singulex, Celula, Inc., and Myriad Genetics. He received his PhD (summa cum laude) in microbiology/molecular biology and his master’s degree in biology from the University of Münster, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Saclay Nuclear Research Centre. Dr. Dreismann is a current member of the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association, the American Society for Microbiology, and New York Academy of Sciences.
|John M. Climaco, J.D.|
Mr. Climaco became a director in October 2013. Mr. Climaco co-founded Axial Biotech, Inc., a venture-backed molecular diagnostics company specializing in spine disorders, in 2003, and served as the president, chief executive officer and board member until 2012. Mr. Climaco currently serves as a director on the boards of DigiRad Corporation (Nasdaq: DRAD) and Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI). Previously, he practiced corporate and tax law for six years with Fabian & Clendenin in Salt Lake City. Mr. Climaco holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, cum laude, from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.