Leadership

    Leading the way

    Exelead is driven to provide excellent service and manage complex manufacturing processes. The leadership team at Exelead brings decades of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, overseeing each project to ensure the highest quality of production and service.

     

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    John Rigg 

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    John P Rigg
    CEO

     

    John is our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Exelead in June 2014, John served as the Vice President of Manufacturing for Ventria Bioscience in Fort Collins, CO—a progressive bioscience company focused on developing and commercializing proteins expressed in rice. Earlier in his career, John spent 25 years at Eli Lilly and Company with a multitude of assignments across manufacturing sites in the US, Puerto Rico and the UK. John has extensive experience with the development, scale up, and commercialization of therapeutic proteins.

     

    Originally from Liverpool, England, John attended Liverpool University where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry.

     

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    Brad Wynja

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    Brad Wynja
    Sr. Director of Finance & Business Operations

     

    As Senior Director of Finance and Business Operations, Brad is responsible for leading the finance, business development, supply chain, project management, and IT organizations. He has 20 years of experience supporting the pharmaceutical industry, working with both CRO and CDMO organizations.

    Brad holds an MBA from Drake University, and he completed his undergraduate work in Accounting and Finance at the Central University of Iowa. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.

     

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    Nathan Parker

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    Nathan Parker
    Sr. Director of Quality Operations

     

    Nathan is well-equipped for his role as Sr. Director of Quality. He has been in quality leadership for the last 12 years and has been supporting contract manufacturing operations for the last 10 years. Overall, he has 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry including roles of increasing responsibility in technical support, operations, and quality assurance.

     

    Nathan has supported chemical API, biological drug substance, drug product, medical device, combination product, and cell therapy product manufacturing for use in pre-clinical through commercial applications. He attended Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has a degree in Chemical Engineering.

     

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    Craig Clark
    Director of Manufacturing

     

    As Director of Manufacturing, Craig is responsible for facility operations.  After an internship at the company during college, he began working full time at the site in 2000 as a validation specialist.  He has served in various roles of increasing responsibility at the facility including validation, process engineering, project management, and technical services.

     

    Craig attended the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has a BSc in Chemical Engineering.

     

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    Kim Rice

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    Kim Rice
    Director of Supply Chain & Project Management 

     

    Kim is our Director of Supply Chain and Project Management. Before she joined Exelead in January 2018, Kim spent 28 years at Eli Lilly and Company where she held several technical and project/program management roles in both Parenteral Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain. Kim has extensive experience with parenteral products, project management and supply chain.

     

    Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Kim attended Indiana State University where she graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and later earned a Master’s degree in Project Management.

     

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    Karla Aberle

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    Karla Aberle
    Director of Quality Control

     

    Karla is the Director of Quality Control at Exelead, and is responsible for managing three groups: both the Chemistry and Microbiology groups from the Quality Control laboratory and the Analytical Technical group in charge of method development and validation.

     

    Karla joined the company in 2007 as an analyst in the Microbiology laboratory. She was made manager of the Microbiology department in 2009, and then Sr. Manager of the Microbiology and Analytical Technical group in 2015. Since 2016, she has served as the Director of Quality Control, managing all three groups. Karla is NRCM (National Registry of Certified Microbiologists) certified. She holds a bachelor’s of science in Chemistry and a master’s of science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

     

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    Mandy Redmond

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    Mandy Redmond
    Director of Quality Assurance

     

    Mandy, who joined the company in 2011, is our Director of Quality Assurance. Prior to her time with us, she served as Senior Manager of Quality Assurance for Roche Diagnostics. Mandy has over 20 years of experience in the biopharma/medical device industry, spanning technical publications, research and development, regulatory affairs, customer complaint management and quality management.

     

    Mandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Technical Writing from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also holds Quality Auditor and Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence certifications from the American Society for Quality. Mandy currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

     

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    Larry Beiter
    Director of Process Engineering & Development

     

    Larry is the Director of Process Engineering and Development for Exelead. This means he is responsible for both the technical transfer of existing clinical and commercial manufacturing processes to the Indianapolis facility as well as the development of new processes at the pre-clinical stage. Larry’s role includes evaluation of new business requests and development of process and project plans for new business proposals. 

     

    Prior to Sigma Tau’s purchase of the Indianapolis manufacturing facility in 2010, Larry was employed at the site for 15 years as part of the Liposome Company, Elan Pharmaceuticals and Enzon Pharmaceuticals. He has served in a variety of roles at the facility including process engineer, project manager and engineering and validation manager. Early in his career, Larry worked for Jacobs Engineering on a variety of engineering and design projects in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries. He has an extensive knowledge of the development, scale up, and commercialization of liposomal products and sterile manufacturing.

     

    Larry attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering with a focus on Biochemical engineering.

     

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    Drew Andis

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    Drew Andis
    Business Development Leader

     

    Drew is the Business Development Leader at Exelead which involves oversight of both Business Development and Marketing functions. Drew joined the organization as a Project Manager in 2020 and was moved into his current role within the same year. He has five years of experience in both technical and project management roles within the parenteral pharmaceuticals industry.

     

    Drew holds a MS in Biotechnology from Northwestern University and a BSc in each Biological Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences from Purdue University. Additionally, Drew has been certified as a Project Management Professional.

     

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    Valarie Gossage

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    Valarie Gossage
    Director of Human Resources

     

    Valarie, our Director of Human Resources, is an accomplished HR professional with over 23 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Valarie is responsible for helping Exelead plan, staff, train, and retain a high-performing and motivated workforce. She oversees compensation, benefits, employee relations and leadership development.

     

    Prior to joining Exelead in October 2006, Valarie served as the Manager of Human Resources at PK USA, a Tier-one automotive supplier to industry giants including Nissan, Saturn, Toyota, Subaru, and Isuzu. During her time there, she was responsible for the HR operations and budgetary management of four North American plants, including a successful plant startup and a successful plant acquisition.

     

    Valarie holds a Masters in Science Management from Indiana Wesleyan, holds her Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute, and is a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) through the Society of Human Resource Management.

     

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