Richard Pops serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. He joined Alkermes as CEO in 1991. Under his leadership, Alkermes has grown from a privately held company with 25 employees to an international, publicly traded biopharmaceutical company with more than 1,200 employees and a portfolio of more than 20 commercial products. Mr. Pops currently serves on the Board of Directors of Neurocrine Biosciences, Acceleron Pharma, Epizyme, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
Shane Cooke oversees corporate finance, commercial, human resources, business development, corporate planning and manufacturing operations, including the contract pharmaceutical services business. Mr. Cooke joined Alkermes plc as President upon completion of the merger between Elan Drug Technologies (EDT) and Alkermes, Inc. in September 2011. Previously, Mr. Cooke was Head of EDT and Executive Vice President of Elan from 2007 through the merger in 2011 and concurrently served as Chief Financial Officer of Elan Corporation from 2001 to May 2011. Mr. Cooke was appointed Director of Elan in May 2005. Prior to joining Elan, Mr. Cooke was Chief Executive of Pembroke Capital Limited, an aviation leasing company of which he was a founder. Mr. Cooke also previously held a number of senior positions in finance in the banking and aviation industries. Mr. Cooke is a chartered accountant and a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Cooke currently serves on the Board of Directors of Prothena Corporation plc, Neotope Biosciences and Onclave Therapeutics Limited.
Kathy Biberstein serves as Alkermes’ in-house General Counsel and Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Biberstein held several senior legal positions prior to joining Alkermes in 2003, including General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee at Serono in Geneva, Switzerland from 1993 to 2000, where she built a worldwide legal department. Just prior to joining Alkermes, Ms. Biberstein was Of Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLC, and earlier in her career, Ms. Biberstein was a member of the Executive Board of the World Economic Forum. Ms. Biberstein received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kettering University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Dennis Bucceri leads the regulatory affairs department at Alkermes. In this role, Mr. Bucceri provides regulatory strategy and guidance for development candidates and commercial products. Mr. Bucceri also advises the company on government regulations, guidelines, policies, procedures and applications. Prior to joining Alkermes, Mr. Bucceri held a number of roles in regulatory affairs, including a position as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service detailed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and senior positions at companies such as Sanofi-Aventis, AstraZeneca, Serono and Genzyme. During his 30 years of experience, he has been involved with the submission and approval of over two dozen new drugs. Mr. Bucceri is a graduate of Fordham University, College of Pharmacy and is a registered pharmacist. He is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), Drug Information Association (DIA) and other pharmaceutical educational and professional organizations.
Madeline Coffin leads Alkermes’ human resources team, with responsibility for global compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee engagement and growth and organization development. Ms. Coffin has held a number of senior human resource positions at companies including Analog Devices, Sun Microsystems, Wang Software and Bay Networks. Prior to joining Alkermes, she founded her own company, which focused on the strategic human resource needs of growing companies for clients in a broad range of industries. Ms. Coffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Elliot Ehrich leads the discovery, delivery science, research and development, project management and medical affairs functions at Alkermes. Prior to joining Alkermes in 2000, Dr. Ehrich spent seven years at Merck & Co., overseeing the successful clinical development and registration of novel pharmaceuticals. Dr. Ehrich is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and has had numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Aileron Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, and Heptares Therapeutics. Dr. Ehrich was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry. He worked as a research associate at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and later earned his medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. At Stanford University, Dr. Ehrich completed a residency in internal medicine and a clinical fellowship in the Department of Immunology and Rheumatology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Jim Frates serves as Chief Financial Officer of Alkermes. Prior to joining Alkermes in 1998, Mr. Frates was a Vice President in charge of the East Coast Life Sciences Practice at Robertson Stephens & Company. He also worked in healthcare investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Company and spent a year teaching secondary school at the Royal Shrewsbury School in the U.K., as the Harvard College Fellow. Mr. Frates served on the Board of Directors of GPC Biotech AG from June 2004 to June 2009 and was a national director of the Association of Bioscience Financial Officers. Mr. Frates serves as a Trustee of St. Paul’s School and chairs the audit committee. Mr. Frates received a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Blair Jackson leads business development at Alkermes, encompassing licensing efforts, new product evaluation and alliance management. Since joining Alkermes in 1999, Mr. Jackson has served in various roles within the company in both a scientific and corporate capacity. Mr. Jackson also serves on the board of Civitas Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing transformative pulmonary delivery therapies. Mr. Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Arts in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Science in chemical engineering practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mike Landine oversees Alkermes’ corporate development activities. Prior to leading corporate development, Mr. Landine served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alkermes from March 1988 until June 1998. Mr. Landine is a member of the Board of Directors of Kopin Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of components for electronic products. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of GTC Biotherapeutics, a publicly traded biotechnology company, from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Landine received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bentley University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Rebecca Peterson directs corporate communications, including investor relations, public relations, government affairs and internal communications at Alkermes. She has more than 15 years of investor relations and corporate communications experience in the biotechnology and healthcare industries. Since joining Alkermes in 2000, Ms. Peterson has evolved the communications programs to reflect the company’s late-stage pipeline and implemented programs for major product approvals and launches. From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Peterson held various communications positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she was involved in expanding the investor relations program for this high-profile biopharmaceutical company. Prior to her tenure at Millennium, she worked in the public affairs office at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ms. Peterson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public health, journalism and communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts in health communications from Tufts University School of Medicine and Emerson College.
Gordon Pugh leads the quality, regulatory affairs, proprietary product development and information technology functions for Alkermes. He also oversees the process development and supply chain management functions for parenteral products. Mr. Pugh is responsible for Waltham site management as well as the enterprise risk management program. Mr. Pugh has been with Alkermes since 2002 overseeing manufacturing, engineering and site management in both Massachusetts and Wilmington, Ohio. He has over 30 years of operations, process development and manufacturing experience in the pharmaceutical field gained at Corning, Celltech, and Charles River Laboratories. Prior to working at Alkermes, Mr. Pugh served as Vice President of manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe at Lonza Biologics Inc. Mr. Pugh received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Mark Stejbach serves as Chief Commercial Officer at Alkermes and is responsible for all aspects of Alkermes' commercial functions, including sales, marketing, managed care and trade channels, commercial analytics, public policy and the development of commercial strategy for the company's proprietary pipeline. Mr. Stejbach has 25 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceutical marketing, sales, managed care, and finance. Prior to joining Alkermes, Mr. Stejbach served at Tengion, Inc. from 2008 to 2012, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer. He previously held senior positions at Merck & Co. and Biogen Idec Inc. Mr. Stejbach received his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Virginia Tech.
Jim Botkin oversees the company’s contract pharmaceutical services business and manufacturing operations, with plant oversight in Athlone, Ireland, Wilmington, Ohio and Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. Botkin joined Alkermes upon completion of the merger between Elan Drug Technologies (EDT) and Alkermes, Inc. in September 2011, and from 2007 until the merger, served as Senior Vice President, Head of Operations at EDT. He was formerly Vice President and General Manager of Elan’s operations in Gainesville, Georgia from October 2001 to June 2007; President of Sharp Corporation, a pharmaceutical packaging company, from January 1996 to June 2001; as well as Vice President, U.S. Production Operations of Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation from January 1993 to December 1995. Mr. Botkin has over 40 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry operations. Mr. Botkin is a former Director of FirsTier Bank, Lincoln General Hospital and the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council. Mr. Botkin has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from Illinois Benedictine University.
Peter Thornton is responsible for business integration activities for Alkermes. Previously Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Operations at Elan Drug Technologies (EDT), Mr. Thornton joined Alkermes in September 2011, following Alkermes’ merger with EDT. Prior to his tenure with EDT, Mr. Thornton was President and Chief Operating Officer of Circ Pharma Limited, a specialty pharmaceutical product development company from 2006 to 2007; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Antigenics Inc., a NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company from 2004 to 2006; and Senior Vice President of business operations at Elan from 1994 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Thornton worked for seven years with the international accounting firm KPMG in Ireland and France. Mr. Thornton is a Non-Executive Director of publicly-held Merrion Pharmaceuticals and previously of Cydex Pharmaceuticals and Antigenics. Mr. Thornton is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork, Ireland.