Healthcare Industry News: Merck
News Release - June 6, 2012
HemCon Adds Barry Starkman as CEOPORTLAND, Ore.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc., an industry leader in hemorrhage control technologies and developer of lyophilized (freeze-dried) human plasma for the U.S. Army, announced today the appointment of Barry Starkman as Chief Executive Officer. Starkman joins HemCon with more than 30 years of experience in biologics and medical technology manufacturing.
“As we reorganize and restructure with the objective of successfully exiting Chapter 11, Barry is an extremely important addition to the HemCon team. His leadership and expertise will prove valuable in realizing the full potential of our lyophilized plasma program (LyP program), and in developing the optimal strategy for the Medical Device division,” said Bill Wiesmann, Chairman and Co-Founder of HemCon. “Barry rounds out our executive team, working with Nick Hart who will continue his role as President and CFO.”
As Chief Executive Officer, Starkman’s focus will be on the execution and delivery of the LyP program through Phase 2 clinical trials and planning and executing on facility expansion to allow HemCon to enter Phase 3 clinical trials for the LyP program. He will also review the Medical Device division fully to determine the optimal means by which this business can be developed and contribute towards HemCon’s overall financial performance.
Starkman’s experience spans pharmaceutical products, biotech, and medical devices, matching the commercial applications for HemCon’s LyP Program and Medical Devices division. His background also includes manufacturing management in the areas of facilities design, cGMP manufacturing requirements and Lean 6 Sigma applications.
Prior to joining HemCon, Starkman served as Vice President of Operations at Promega, where he was responsible for global manufacturing, planning and logistics for the $300 million organization. Starkman had previously overseen the design, construction, start-up and operation of Genentech’s $450 million state-of-the-art formulation, packaging and distribution facility in Portland, serving as General Manager. Earlier in his career, Starkman worked for 24 years for Merck taking on increasing responsibility which culminated at Director of Manufacturing within Vaccine Operations.
“I am thrilled to become part of the HemCon team and bring my leadership skills to a company with breakthrough innovation in the plasma world and a proven track record of efficacious and safe medical devices which give HemCon immense potential,” said Barry Starkman. “I look forward to working with the team in a timely exit from Chapter 11 and then helping HemCon realize its potential as a highly successful and viable enterprise.”
HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. (www.hemcon.com), founded in 2001, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative technologies for rapid delivery of plasma and hemostatic devices for the control of bleeding resulting from trauma or surgery. HemCon products are designed for use by military and civilian first responders as well as medical professionals in hospital and clinical settings where rapid supply of plasma and control of bleeding are of critical importance. HemCon is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with additional commercial operations in Ireland and the Czech Republic.
Source: HemCon Medical Technologies
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