Leadership

Experienced Management Team

Cornelius Merlini, CEO

Mr. Merlini has 30 years of operational experience and healthcare leadership in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer health and diagnostics products. Most recently, Mr. Merlini was General Manager for Healthtronics Lab Solutions, the diagnostics division of Endo Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Merlini ran commercial operations for Core Blood Registry (CBR).

Mr. Merlini joined CBR from J&J where he served as Worldwide Vice President of the Cardiovascular Franchise across Bio Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Merlini is a Managing Partner of IHP.

Bob Miller, Ph.D, COO of Science and Operations

Serving as SVP of Quality at Gilead Sciences Inc. Bob Miller, Ph.D. has a wealth of experience in the design and implementation of quality systems and guiding companies actively engaged in quality and compliance enhancements in response to FDA and other global regulatory agencies. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy.

Bob has gained experience in diverse product portfolios working with major global Pharma and Generic companies such as Bayer Pharmaceutical Corporation, Pfizer/Warner-Lambert, and J&J.

Jeff Nemeth, Executive VP of Business and Sales

After graduating from the Art Institute of Huston with a Fine Arts Degree in Photography in 1990, Jeff began his career as a photographer. He built a successful business and at one point operating a total of seventeen studios. Eventually selling his business to Lifetouch National School Studios.

Jeff then took his entrepreneurial spirit and first-hand experience with pain management after a car accident left him with chronic pain and began the process of creating Act Laboratories, Inc. Jeff’s comprehensive knowledge of the cannabis industry and participation in advisory meetings, panel discussions, site visits, and frequent communications with regulators, have made him a valued leader and trusted resource for Department staff as they go about the challenging task of setting forth strong and sensible program guidelines.

Experienced Advisory Team

Robert Sheroff, Strategic Advisor

Robert received his B.S. in Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. With over thirty years of experience at J&J alone, Robert has extensive experience in supply chain management. Robert has successfully led global organizations in both small and large molecule manufacturing and quality responsibility. He also has a strong reputation with the FDA and other regulatory agencies.

Currently, Robert is the President of RMMTC, LLC, a pharmaceutical supply chain consulting firm supporting small and mid-sized companies. He serves as a non-executive director on the Board of DPS Engineering Holdings Limited is a member of the Patheon Executive Council, exploring ways to streamline the CMO/CDMO role within the pharmaceutical industry.

Howard Goodwin, M.D., BOD

For the last 18 years, Dr. Goodwin has demonstrated a proven acumen investing in healthcare businesses at top investment firms, including Maverick Capital, Citadel Investments and, most recently, as a portfolio manager at Millennium Partners. Dr. Goodwin began his investment career at Graham Partners, a middle market private equity firm.

Prior to beginning his investment career, Dr. Goodwin received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Goodwin is a Managing Partner of IHP.