Paul Meister is a partner in Novalis LifeSciences – a life science focused venture firm and is co-founder, and CEO of Liberty Lane Partners, LLC, a private investment company with investment holdings in healthcare, technology, and distribution-related industries. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Meister was President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a private company that owns or controls a diverse set of businesses. During 2018, Mr. Meister also served, on an interim basis, as Executive Vice Chairman of Revlon, Inc. a leading beauty products company, and acted as Revlon’s principal executive officer. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Meister served as Chairman and CEO of inVentiv Health (now Syneos Health), a leading provider of commercial, consulting, and clinical research services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Mr. Meister was Chairman of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., a scientific instruments equipment and supplies company from November 2006 to April 2007. He was previously an executive officer of Fisher Scientific International, Inc., a predecessor of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., from 1991 to 2006. Mr. Meister holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Aptiv PLC, Quanterix Corporation, Oaktree Acquisition Corp II. He previously served as director of vTv Therapeutics and LKQ Corporation until 2018 and as a director of Revlon until 2019, and Scientific Games Corporation until 2020.
Chirag PatelCo-Chief Executive Officer and President
Chirag Patel has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and director of the Company since August 2019. Mr. Patel served as a Co-Chairman of the Board from May 2018 to August 2019, and previously was Co-Founder of Amneal and served as Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Amneal from 2005 until the combination with Impax Laboratories in 2018. With his brother, Chintu Patel, Mr. Patel has also invested in several independent biopharmaceutical companies including Asana Biosciences, Kashiv Biosciences and Prolong Pharmaceuticals, each of which specializes in innovative science and drug delivery technologies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Patel co-founded technology companies NextGen Technologies and Veriprise Wireless. In 2022, Mr. Patel was named Chair of the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) Board of Directors as well as an inaugural member of the CEO Advisory Committee for the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA) – both leading industry trade associations. Mr. Patel also serves as a Managing Trustee for the Liberty Science Center of New Jersey and a Trustee for the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. He is a recipient of the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Life Sciences Award. Mr. Patel supports various philanthropic causes and, together with his wife, Priti Patel, established the Niswarth International Foundation in 2013. The Foundation aims to bring fresh water, sanitation, nutrition and education to underprivileged children. Mr. Patel received his bachelor’s degrees in Commerce from H.A. College of Commerce, India, and in Business Administration from New Jersey City University. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University in recognition of his efforts to serve others.
Chintu PatelCo-Chief Executive Officer
Chintu Patel has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company since August 2019. Mr. Patel served as a Co-Chairman of the Board from May 2018 to August 2019, and previously served as Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Amneal from 2002 until the combination with Impax Laboratories in 2018. With his brother, Chirag Patel, Mr. Patel also co-founded and invested in several independent biopharmaceutical companies including Asana Biosciences, Kashiv BioSciences and Prolong Pharmaceuticals, each of which specializes in innovative science and drug delivery technologies. Before founding Amneal, Mr. Patel was a pharmacist and senior-level manager with Eckerd Pharmacy from 1994 to 2002, where he won numerous awards. Mr. Patel has been a featured speaker at the Hauppauge Industrial Association in New York and serves on the boards of the Long Island Association, Long Island University, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation®, and is a recipient of the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Life Sciences Award. Mr. Patel and his wife, Falguni Patel, run the Irada International Foundation, which focuses on health, education, and community outreach projects in India and the United States. Mr. Patel holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Long Island University Pharmacy in recognition of his contributions toward quality, integrity and innovation in pharmaceuticals.
Emily Peterson AlvaDirector
Emily Peterson Alva is a financial, strategic and business advisor to senior executives, founders and corporate boards of directors, and has focused on private company advisory projects and family office investing since 2013. Prior to this time, Ms. Alva spent more than 15 years at Lazard as a senior Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker advising industry leading companies. Ms. Alva’s extensive advisory and transaction work covers multiple industries with a primary sector focus and expertise in Healthcare. While at Lazard, Ms. Alva held leadership roles, both with clients and internally. She advised some of Lazard’s most important clients over many years, and was one of the youngest bankers promoted to Managing Director at the firm. During her Lazard tenure, Ms. Alva was selected for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Corporate Leaders Program, which recognizes accomplished professionals on a senior management track and links business leaders with decision makers in government and academia. Prior to joining Lazard, Ms. Alva worked at a development stage company focused on engineering-based solutions to improve industrial waste processing systems. More recently, Ms. Alva has served as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Alumnae Board of Directors of Barnard College. Ms. Alva received a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Deb Autor is CEO of Autor Strategies LLC, a strategic health care consulting firm; a Board Director for Pardes Biosciences, Inc. (PRDS); and Chair of the Board of the FDA Alumni Association. Ms. Autor has also served as a Scientific Advisory Council Member of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science and as a Board Member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Industry Alliance, the United States Pharmacopoeia Quality Institute, and the Parenteral Drug Association.
From 2019-2021, Ms. Autor was Global Head of Regulatory Excellence at AstraZeneca, where she led regulatory operations, policy and intelligence for AstraZeneca submissions globally. Before joining AstraZeneca, Ms. Autor served at Mylan N.V. from 2013-2019, where she was Head of Strategic Global Quality and Regulatory Policy and Head of Global Quality.
Ms. Autor was a senior leader at FDA from 2001-2013, most recently as Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy where she oversaw all FDA inspections, criminal investigations and international operations for human and veterinary drugs, biologics, medical devices, tobacco and food. Before that, Ms. Autor served as Director of the Office of Compliance of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, leading enforcement and policy making for compliance with all drug requirements, including drug approval; current good manufacturing practices (GMP); human subject protection and bioresearch monitoring (GCP); import and export; and recalls. Before joining FDA, Ms. Autor was a Trial Attorney in the Office of Consumer Litigation of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she litigated civil and criminal cases on behalf of FDA.
Ms. Autor received a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University, Barnard College.
J. Kevin BuchiDirector
Kevin Buchi served as Impax’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from December 2016 until March 27, 2017 and as member of the Impax board from November 2016 until the completion of the combination of Impax and Amneal. From August 2013 to December 2016, Mr. Buchi served as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals Corporation (formerly NASDAQ: TLOG), a biopharmaceutical company (“TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals”), whose assets were subsequently acquired by Medivir AB in December 2016. Prior to TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Buchi served as Corporate Vice President, Global Branded Products of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA), from October 2011 to May 2012. Prior to Teva, Mr. Buchi served as Chief Executive Officer of Cephalon, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: CEPH), which was subsequently acquired by Teva, from December 2010 to October 2011, and held various positions at Cephalon including Chief Operating Officer from January 2010 to December 2010 and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2009. Since April 2013, he has served as a director and member of the remuneration and nominating committee, and audit committee of the board of Benitec Biopharma Ltd. (NASDAQ: BNTC), a biotechnology company headquartered in Australia. Mr. Buchi has previously served on the board and committees of various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies including: the board and the audit committee of EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: EPRS) from June 2013 to July 2016; the board and compensation committee of Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: ALXA) from January 2013 to June 2016; the board and audit committee of Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ: FWP) from December 2012 to May 2016; the board and audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees of Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STML) from March 2012 to May 2016; and the board and audit committee of Meslobast Limited from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Buchi received his B.A. degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Buchi’s extensive experience as a senior executive and board member in the pharmaceutical industry provides the board with unique insights into our business.
Jeff George has over 20 years of global healthcare and corporate leadership experience. He is currently the Managing Partner of Maytal Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity investment and advisory firm he founded in 2017, and an Operating Partner at Revival Healthcare Capital, a medical device-focused private equity firm. Between 2008 and 2016, he served on the Executive Committee of Novartis Group AG, one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies, first as Division Head and CEO of Sandoz, Novartis’ $10 billion generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars subsidiary, and then as Division Head and CEO of Alcon, Novartis’ then $10 billion branded eye care subsidiary. In both roles, he was responsible for leading over 25,000 associates globally across more than 160 countries.
Mr. George previously headed Emerging Markets for the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and CIS at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and served as Vice President and Head of Western and Eastern Europe for Novartis Vaccines. Prior to this, he held leadership roles at Gap Inc. and McKinsey & Co. Mr. George serves on the boards of 908 Devices (NASDAQ: MASS), a pioneer in life science diagnostics, Dorian Therapeutics, a stem cell biotech spun out of Stanford University, and MAPS PBC, a late-stage CNS-focused private biopharma company where he serves as Chairman. He also serves on several non-profit boards including Education Opens Doors, where he is Chairman, the North Texas Food Bank, and YPO of Dallas. He previously served on the board of directors of AdvaMed, the medical device industry association, Roam Analytics, an AI-driven healthcare software firm, and Wishbone Medical, a leader in pediatric orthopedic medical devices. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. from Carleton College.
John Kiely has more than 35 years of financial leadership and advisory experience serving public companies, including multi-national corporations. Until June 2019 he served as Senior Assurance Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where he focused on the pharmaceutical, manufacturing chemical and medical device sectors. Since 1980, he has held various roles of increasing responsibility at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, including as U.S. Pharmaceutical Leader, Global Pharmaceutical Assurance Leader, Private Equity Assurance Leader and Assurance Chief Quality Officer. Mr. Kiely currently serves on the board at Zovio, Inc.
Ted Nark has served as Managing Director of KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity fund currently investing a $2 billion fund, since 2007. In that role, Mr. Nark has led the identification, negotiation and due diligence of new acquisitions and has worked with portfolio companies and maintained relationships with limited partners. While at KRG, Mr. Nark has led the acquisition and successful monetization of companies including Convergint Technologies, Diversified Food Services and Petrochoice. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Nark was a Partner at Leonard Green & Partners and from 2002 to 2006, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of White Cap Construction Supply, a Leonard Green-owned distributor of construction hardware, tools and materials to professional contractors in the United States. Previously, Mr. Nark served as Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Express Australia and Group President at Corporate Express Inc. Mr. Nark currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Convergint Technologies and Trafficware and is on the Board of Directors of Western Windows and The Maroon Group. Mr. Nark has previously served on the Boards of Corporate Express Australia, Fort Dearborn, White Cap Construction Supply, FTD, Leslies Pools, Gaiam, Real Goods Solar and Claim Jumper. Mr. Nark received a B.A. from Washington State University. Mr. Nark’s career in private equity and in executive positions will provide the Board with unique insight into management, challenges and opportunities.
Gautam Patel has served as Managing Director of Tarsadia Investments, a private investment firm based in Newport Beach, CA since 2012. In that role, Mr. Patel has led a team of investment professionals to identify, evaluate and execute principal equity investments across sectors including life sciences, financial services and technology. Prior to joining Tarsadia, Mr. Patel served as Managing Director at Lazard from 2008 to 2012, where he led financial and strategic advisory efforts in sectors including transportation and logistics, private equity, specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Prior to that, Mr. Patel served in a variety of roles at Lazard from 1999 to 2008, including multiple restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization assignments. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Patel was an Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), where he worked on M&A as well as high-yield and equity financings. Mr. Patel is currently a Board Member of companies such as Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Adello Biologics, Asana Biosciences, LERETA and AIONX Antimicrobial Technologies, as well as Tarsadia Foundation. Mr. Patel received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a B.S. from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Patel’s extensive experience as an advisor, investor and operator in generics and the pharmaceutical industry broadly will provide the Board with insight regarding business development, strategic planning and operational management.
Shlomo Yanai has more than 15 years of corporate leadership experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. He most recently served as President and CEO at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., from 2007 to 2012, where he increased revenues from $8.4 billion in 2006 to $18.3 billion in 2011, and net profit from $1.9 billion to $4.4 billion over the same time period. Mr. Yanai also serves as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm with $80.5 billion in assets under management. In addition, he currently serves on the boards of PDL BioPharma Inc. and WR Grace & Co. Mr. Yanai previously served on the boards of Cambrex Corp., Lumenis Ltd., Perrigo Company and Sageant Pharmaceuticals, among others, and held various leadership positions in the Israel Defense Forces.