Executive Summaries

Ron Najafi, Ph.D.

Ron Najafi, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

We live in the age of continuous advancement in chemistry, biology, and medicine.  Today’s instrumentations have enabled us to go where no man/woman has gone before.  From discovery of PCR and explosion of genetic analysis to synthetic biology and development of advanced instrumentations such as Mass Spectroscopy.  Emery Pharma aims to be a catalyst in helping our client-partners advancing this age of discovery. We are excited about the prospect of being able to help “save lives and save our planet”.  I am truly honored to be working with such a talented and innovative team at Emery Pharma.

Having founded four companies, Dr. Najafi brings 15 years of leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry to Emery Pharma. In 2000, Dr. Najafi founded NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. During his tenure at NovaBay, he took the company from concept to IPO. Dr. Najafi led NovaBay’s partnership efforts, securing significant collaboration agreements with Galderma S.A., the world’s leading dermatology company, and Alcon Laboratories Inc., the leading ophthalmology company. Dr. Najafi also served in various management positions within NovaBay, including as Chief Scientific Officer.

Prior to founding NovaBay, Dr. Najafi was the President and CEO of CP Lab Safety, Inc., a chemical laboratory safety devices company manufacturing his invention Ecological Funnels and now distributing over 40,000 products worldwide. In addition, Dr. Najafi has held numerous executive and scientific roles at Rhône Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi-Aventis), Perkin Elmer Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fisher), and Aldrich Chemical Company over the past 25 years.

Dr. Najafi has more than 70 patents and pending patent applications on his inventions. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Davis.

Sri Arumugam, Ph.D.

Sridhar Arumugam, Ph.D.

Director of Cell and Microbiology

Dr. Arumugam is an accomplished scientist with key contributions in vaccine development, establishment of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST), and investigational new drug (IND) development. Dr. Arumugam has over 15 years of experience in microbiology with vast expertise in parasitology, clinical microbiology, anti-infective development (antibiotics, disinfectants, medical devices), and Quality System Regulations (QSR). He has a thorough history in implementing a variety of assays to identify and develop novel antimicrobial agents against multidrug resistant bacteria and fungi.

At Emery Pharma, Dr. Arumugam leads the Department of Cell and Microbiology and is heavily involved in the development of the AST projects and cytotoxicity testing for fostering clinical stage antibiotic and anti-infective development. Dr. Arumugam manages a team of highly skilled Ph.D. scientists and research associates.

Prior to Emery Pharma, Dr. Arumugam was a postdoctoral researcher and adjunct instructor of microbiology at Louisiana State University (LSU). While at LSU, he designed pre-clinical vaccine trials using an animal model and demonstrated successful screening and selection of efficacious vaccine candidates as well as authored numerous peer-reviewed international publications. Dr. Arumugam has a Ph.D. microbiology from the University of Bonn, Germany and is a former recipient of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship.

Andrea Lubbe, Ph.D.

Andrea Lubbe, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Chemistry

Dr. Lubbe is a highly skilled chemist with specialization in analytical chemistry and natural products chemistry.

As Associate Director of Chemistry, Dr. Lubbe leads many R&D projects in the Chemistry Department, supporting clients in a range of industries. She routinely develops analytical methods using HPLC, LC-MS, NMR, and UV/Vis Spectroscopy, and develops strategies for isolation and characterization of small molecules.

Prior to Emery Pharma, Dr. Lubbe was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). While at LBNL, she used mass spectrometry-based analytical techniques to investigate metabolite exchange between members of synthetic microbial consortia. Additionally, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry. Here, she studied the biosynthesis of medicinal alkaloids in plants using high resolution mass spectrometry methods, including mass spectrometry imaging.

Dr. Lubbe received her B.S. in molecular & cellular biology and plant physiology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in phytochemistry and natural products chemistry from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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