We have a talented, experienced, knowledgeable senior management team at Vernalis Therapeutics, Inc. They ensure that the company is well run at all levels. Key members of the management team include:
Sandford Sommer, President and Chief Operating Officer
Sandford Sommer joined Vernalis in May 2016. Prior to joining Vernalis, Sandford gained considerable experience during his 24 years at AstraZeneca, including increasingly senior roles in sales and marketing, and general management. Most recently he served as President of AstraZeneca´s Colombia operations where the business experienced rapid growth during his tenure. Prior to Colombia, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Global Vice President of CNS, Infection and Flu Vaccines. In the US he served as Executive Director for the Seroquel® Franchise, where under his leadership Seroquel XR® became one of the fastest growing atypical antipsychotics, and the team was recognized by Medical Marketing and Media as "Large Pharma Marketing Team of the Year." He has extensive experience building brands and has been instrumental in the success of some of the most successful brands in pharmaceutical history including Seroquel®, Nexium®, and Symbicort®. Mr. Sommer served on the Board of the UK Colombia Trade organization for the last two years. He began his career with sales and management positions at Astra/Merck.
Donna Radzik, SVP Pharmaceutical Quality Operations
Donna Radzik joined Vernalis in February 2014. She oversees all facets of technical operations, including quality, contract manufacturing, regulatory, supply chain and distribution. Donna has extensive experience managing drug substance and product technical development, commercial manufacture/supply chain and global quality systems. Prior to joining Vernalis, Donna headed a consultancy providing pharmaceutical technical and quality support. Donna has also held senior leadership roles at Aveo Oncology, Sanofi Pasteur Biologics (formerly Acambis), UCB Pharma and Celltech/Medeva. Donna has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University.
Pascal Borderies, MD, SVP Medical Affairs
Pascal Borderies joined Vernalis in September 2014. A physician by training who initially focused on clinical pharmacology, Pascal provides leadership and has oversight for all clinical development, medical affairs, regulatory and pharmacovigilance activities of the commercial and development portfolio of the company. Prior to joining Vernalis, Pascal held positions of increasing responsibility on both the R&D and the business sides in various pharma/biotech companies, managing prescriptions and OTC products in Primary Care and other Specialty markets. Most recently, Pascal was the Senior Director Clinical Strategy & Development in the Pharmaceutical Technologies division of Aptalis Pharma, Inc. Before, he was Director – Global Head Cough-Cold Respiratory, Pain and New Growth Opportunities and Director Search and Evaluate in the OTC Business Unit of Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., Senior Director Commercial Development Allergy, Respiratory, Primary Care and Women's Health at Schering-Plough Corp., Executive Director Commercial Development & Marketing/BD at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Director Marketing at Sanofi-Synthélabo Inc. Pascal earned his Medical Degree from the School of Medicine of the University Paris 12 Val de Marne in France.