Features Pharmaceutical

Dan Zavodnick – Kedrion Biopharma

For some, finding a career path is a matter of choice. For Dan Zavodnick, it was more a matter of circumstance and necessity. In October of 2008, one year after landing at a prominent New Jersey law firm, Zavodnick was laid off, along with the firm’s other first-year associates, victims of the country’s deepening recession. […]

William Benvenuto – Retrophin Inc.

In his high school yearbook profile, Bill Benvenuto included a quote—a two-clause reminder that he should never settle or sell himself short: “Once you’ve stopped facing the challenges in life, you’ve stopped living.” It being natural to soften one’s youthful zeal with a bit of world-wise nuance, Benvenuto offered a slight addendum when he spoke […]

Hector Garcia – Bayer (Andean)

Say you’re a general counsel for a major corporation. A modest acquisition—something in the seven-to-nine-figure range—might take up a few months of bandwidth, not including the integration process that can stretch on for years. If the company’s really in growth mode, maybe you handle more than one. And Bayer’s recent $62.5 billion acquisition of agribusiness […]

Martin Wilson – Teligent

It could’ve been anything. A computer software company. A machine shop. A run-of-the-mill warehouse. It was the definition of non-descript—a utilitarian building in Buena, New Jersey, halfway between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Martin Wilson knows the bigger picture. Since mid-2017 he’s been a frequent visitor here, keeping tabs on the site’s construction. All told, he […]

Christina Flint – Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.

A quick Google search of Flint, Michigan, returns articles on its water crisis and its fall into destitution after automakers left. But defining the city purely by its struggles doesn’t do justice to the current efforts of Michigan-based health care companies that are revitalizing the local economy and filling the gaps left by GM and […]

Fritz Fiethen – Acino International AG

A lawyer-to-be may derive inspiration from many sources, be they genuine or celluloid. Fritz Fiethen might only have been 10 or 12 when he became intrigued with the 1990 legal drama “Presumed Innocent,” starring Harrison Ford as a very compromised prosecutor named Rusty Sabich, but it made quite an impact on his young mind. It […]

Patricia Kim – Swanson

Poll any passenger boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Fargo, North Dakota, and he or she will probably tell you they’d just as soon stay put—emphatically so, should the trip occur in the dead of winter. Most, yes, but not all. And definitely not Patricia Kim. As general counsel for Swanson, one of the […]

Ido Warshavski – Lumenis

It’s an image at once historic and haunting: a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl, naked and screaming in the street, black smoke billowing in the background. To many, Nick Ut’s Pulitzer-winning photo, taken in 1972 near a small Vietnamese village, about 25 miles northwest of Saigon, is a timeless token to the horrors of war. But for […]

Alejandra Castro – Bayer Corporation

When discussing what inspired them to choose their profession or specialty, most lawyers will cite a famous TV or film attorney, or perhaps a parent or relative who practiced law. For Alejandra Castro, it was a poet, and that poet was her. “When I was writing poetry, I became interested in the rights of creation, […]

Leading by Empowerment, Teamwork and Trust

A young lawyer with expertise in international finance, Andreas Bohrer raised some eyebrows among his colleagues when he transitioned from regional general counsel of the Swiss bank UBS to a position with the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis in 2010. “I was going from private wealth to private health,” is how the now 49-year-old Bohrer sums […]

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