The Citius Pharmaceuticals Leadership Team
Citius’ Leadership Team includes senior pharmaceutical company executives having sustained track records of accomplishment in advancing clinical assets and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, as well as experience in building shareholder value.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Mazur is an accomplished entrepreneur and pharmaceutical industry executive with notable accomplishments in founding, building and creating value and returns for investors. Mr. Mazur was the Chairman of Leonard Meron Biosciences, Inc. prior to its merger with Citius in March 2016. He is the cofounder and Vice Chairman of Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Akrimax”), a privately held pharmaceutical company specializing in producing cardiovascular and general pharmaceutical products. Akrimax was founded in September 2008, and has successfully launched prescription drugs while acquiring drugs from major pharmaceutical companies. From January 2005 to May 2012, Mr. Mazur also co-founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Triax Pharmaceuticals LLC (“Triax”), a specialty pharmaceutical company producing prescription dermatological drugs. Prior to joining Triax, he was the founder, and, from 1995 to 2005, Chief Executive Officer, of Genesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Genesis”), a dermatological products company that marketed its products through dermatologists’ offices, and co-promoted products for major pharmaceutical companies. In 2003, Mr. Mazur successfully sold Genesis to Pierre Fabre, a leading pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Mazur has extensive sales, marketing and business development experience from his tenures at Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, as Executive Vice President, ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Knoll Pharma (a division of BASF), and Cooper Laboratories, Inc.
Mr. Mazur is a member of the Board of Trustees of Manor College, and is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mr. Mazur received both his BA and MBA from Temple University, and has served in the US Marine Corps Reserves.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Holubiak has extensive experience in managing and leading both large and emerging pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mr. Holubiak was co-founder, director and CEO of Leonard Meron Biosciences, Inc. prior to its merger with Citius in March 2016. Mr. Holubiak was the President of Roche Laboratories, Inc. (“Roche”), a major research-based pharmaceutical company, from December 1998 to August 2001. Prior to that, he held sales and marketing positions at Roche during his 19-year tenure there. As President of Roche, Mr. Holubiak helped transform Roche Labs into a leading antibiotic and biotechnology company. He was also founder of Emron, Inc., a health economics and managed care consulting company, and helped to create the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Mr. Holubiak was also a director of Bioscrip, Inc., a national home infusion company, from 2002 through 2016, and served as its Chairman of the Board from 2012 through 2016. Since July 2010, Mr. Holubiak has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Assembly Biosciences, Inc. (“Assembly”) and its predecessor, Ventrus Biosciences, Inc. Mr. Holubiak is also a trustee of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation. He received a BS in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from the University of Pittsburgh; he received advanced business training from the Harvard Business School and the University of London, as well as advanced training in health economics from the University of York’s Centre for Health Economics.
Gary F. Talarico
Mr. Talarico has served as EVP, Operations since March 2016. Mr. Talarico has successfully built and led all commercial activities for a number of start-up companies. Most recently, he was a founder, partner and Executive Vice President of Leonard Meron Biosciences; he was instrumental in acquiring its lead product. Previously, Mr. Talarico served as Senior Vice President of Triax Pharmaceuticals, from its founding to the sale of its assets. Mr. Talarico was a founder and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Reliant Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Reliant was later sold to GlaxoSmithKline plc. Before Reliant, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development for Ventiv Health. His earlier experience included tenures as Vice President of Sales for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation at its start-up, and Director of Sales at ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Talarico is a graduate of Lewis University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bartushak is an experienced finance professional for early stage pharmaceutical companies, and has over 20 years of corporate finance, business development, restructuring, and strategic planning experience. Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Bartushak helped lead the sale of PreCision Dermatology, Inc. to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Mr. Bartushak is also one of the founders of Leonard-Meron Biosciences, and was instrumental in its start-up, as well as obtaining initial investment capital.
Myron S. Czuczman, MD
Chief Medical Officer and EVP
Dr. Czuczman is an experienced physician-scientist, academic oncologist and pharma executive with decades of experience in the strategic design, implementation, and oversight in the global development of novel therapeutics for hematologic malignancies. Dr. Czuczman joins Citius from Celgene where he was Vice President, Global Clinical Research and Development, Therapeutic Area Head of Lymphoma/CLL. In this role, Dr. Czuczman managed a global team of physicians and scientists responsible for cross-functional development of compounds from proof-of-principle to worldwide registration.
Prior to his career in pharma, Dr. Czuczman practiced medicine for over two decades at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Buffalo, NY, where he served as Chief of the Lymphoma/Myeloma Service, as well as Head of the Lymphoma Translational Research Laboratory. In addition to his extensive publications record, membership and leadership roles on national and international research organizations, and consultant/advisor to dozens of pharma companies, he also attained the position of tenured Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Czuczman received his M.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine after graduating magna cum laude in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at Weill Cornell North Shore University/MSKCC Program, followed by Medical Oncology/Hematology fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Alan Lader, PhD
VP, Clinical Operations
Dr. Lader has served as VP, Clinical Operations since March 2016. Dr. Lader has over 25 years of experience in medical research. Prior to joining Citius, Dr. Lader was the Director of Clinical Operations for Ischemix, Inc. Dr. Lader was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he taught Integrated Human Physiology, and was Principal Investigator for NIH-funded studies in mechanisms of lung cancer metastasis. Dr. Lader has authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented more than 20 abstracts at scientific meetings. He received his PhD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received an MS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering and a BS degree in Bioengineering from Syracuse University.
VP, Corporate Development
Mr. Scott has 20 years of transactional experience in strategic planning, product identification, asset acquisition, and capital markets communication. He is a senior investment banker, providing M&A and capital market services to several emerging biotech and pharma companies.