MEET THE TEAM

Gary P. Korngold
President
Educational background – B.A. Business Administration

Mr. Korngold has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. He started his career as a sales representative, district manager and regional manager for OJF Pharmaceuticals (now Forest Laboratories). He has also worked at the Vice President level in sales, marketing and business development for Seton Products Ltd. and the pharmaceutical division of Nexgen Pharma, Inc.. He has been active in industry trade associations such as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association and serving on the Board of Directors for the Specialty Pharmaceutical Association.

 

Gene Nakagawa
Executive Vice President
Educational Background: BA in Business Economics; MBA from the University of Chicago
Certifications: CPA

Mr. Nakagawa has been with Nexgen Pharma since 2001 and heads the company’s business development group. He leads deal teams for acquisitions, joint ventures and NDA/ANDA development projects. He was formerly a manager at KPMG LLP and has spent time in Gateway’s Business Development group.

 

Mark Nishi
Chief Financial Officer
Educational Background - B.S. Accounting

Mr. Nishi has over 25 years of experience in directing organizations in financial planning and accounting practices. He has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and dietary supplements industry. Mr. Nishi has extensive experience with funding acquisition deals and leveraged finance. He has also worked as a tax auditor for the State of California.

 

Robert van Osdel
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Educational Background: BSc Zoology
Certifications: R.A.C. (Regulatory Affairs Certified)

Mr. van Osdel brings to Nexgen Pharma, over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device industries, primarily dealing with FDA related issues. He has led numerous successful drug approval submissions and is very experienced in managing the approval process. Mr. van Osdel also has extensive experience in the design and management of Quality Systems. He remains heavily involved with the FDA and serves on the review committee for FDA’s Dietary Supplement GMP Guidelines.

 

Georgiana Hennessy
Vice President, Project Management
Educational Background – B.S., Chemistry

Ms. Hennessy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from University of California at Irvine, and over 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical and nutritional industry. She has worked overseeing numerous aspects of drug and nutritional product development from conception, through raw material procurement, project costing, formulation, manufacturing, and process validation, including IND, NDA and ANDA projects. She has worked with clients in the development of special clinical products, and has experience in systems analysis, development of technical materials and technical training and education. She has also written several educational articles for consumers in the area of nutritional science.

 

Nicholas J. Licato, JD Ph.D.
General Counsel
Educational Background - B.A., Chemistry; Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry; JD from University of San Diego

Dr. Licato has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has worked in developmental chemistry for several large Pharma companies. In addition, Dr. Licato has served as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Ramapo College in New Jersey, and a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Licato earned a law degree with an emphasis in the practice of life sciences and the connected business activities in that arena, and is admitted to the State Bar of California.

 

Charles (Chuck) Martin
Director of Business Development - Pharmaceuticals
Educational Background - BBA / Marketing

Mr. Martin started in the pharmaceutical industry in 1986 as a Territory Detail Representative, was promoted to Director of Corporate Expansion and eventually to VP of Sales and Marketing. He transferred to contract Pharmaceutical manufacturing sales as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1992. Mr. Martin joined Nexgen Pharma in July 2002 as Director of Contract Manufacturing Sales and eventually to Director of Business Development. He is member of various trade organizations and a Board Director of the Specialty Pharma Association.

 

SCIENTIFIC STAFF

Dr. Deepak Thassu
Vice President of Research & Development
Educational Background - MS & PhD in Pharmaceutics, Post Doctoral Work on Novel Oral Drug Delivery Systems and MBA from Cornell University

Deepak has over 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs for leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide. During his global career he has held several leadership positions: He was managing director and Head of Semisolid and Liquid R&D for Actavis, Owings Mills, MD., Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President Product Development at Holopack International. Columbia, SC., and with UCB Inc and Celltech Americas he was Associate Director Global Product Technology Development and led several extended release technologies, oral suspensions and product development projects from concept to commercialization. He is specialized in the fields of Oral Drug Delivery Technology, Nanotechnology and Novel Drug Delivery Systems with emphasis on parenteral and ophthalmic delivery systems. Deepak is an inventor on multiple US and EU drug delivery and formulation patents and is the author and/or editor of several books and book chapters., "Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery Systems," 2007 (Taylor & Francis), Ocular Drug Delivery System: Barriers and Applications of Nanoparticulate Systems" 2013 (CRC Press) etc.