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Biographies

Our team of professionals has expertise in biology, chemistry, engineering, information technology, manufacturing, project management, quality assurance, nursing, and pharmacy services. Our staff have years of hands-on experience, so they understand the unique needs that our clients have and know how to manage success in a regulated environment.
Jeff Hargroves

Jeff Hargroves founded ProPharma Group in 2001. His vision was to create a company that would serve clients long-term, creating a partnership to provide compliance-related solutions in an innovative manner.

Over his career, Jeff has held past positions in Operations, Quality Assurance, and Engineering for manufacturing and consulting companies in the drug industry. As an industry consultant, he has conducted numerous audits, developed quality programs, managed projects for bulk, and finished pharmaceuticals for the human and animal health industries. He is experienced in the...

Rob Chestnut has been a senior financial professional for over 25 years. He has worked across a number of industries, including publically traded billion dollar organizations, privately held companies, and groups purchased by private equity. As a financial leader, Rob has successfully provided valuable analysis and strategic support on reporting, profitability, acquisitions, and long-term planning.

Rob has spent many years as a Controller and a Chief Financial Officer in both the manufacturing and services sectors. These companies have been involved in domestic and international...

Mike Byrd

With over 30 years of Quality, compliance, and IT experience, and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Mike Byrd brings a broad and diverse perspective to his role as Chief Technology Officer for ProPharma Group.

Mike’s educational credentials include a BS in Chemistry and an MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management.
   
Over his extensive career, Mike has developed, implemented, administered, and validated a wide variety of computer-based solutions supporting critical regulated business processes.

He is a Certified Quality Auditor (...

Dr. Gil Price is a clinical physician trained in Internal medicine. He has a long-standing interest in novel drug development, drug utilization, pharmaceutical and biotechnology government regulation.  He is an accomplished senior level manager with over 30 years of diverse therapeutic experience. His responsibilities have included clinical program development, global pharmacovigilance, and regulatory oversite.

Dr. Price currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for ProPharma Group’s Pharmacovigilance team. Before joining ProPharma Group, Dr. Price served as CEO of Drug Safety...

Kirk Hoffman is the Senior Vice President of Medical Information and Pharmacovigilance at ProPharma Group. Kirk has extensive experience in industry-based, scientific communications holding leadership positions in areas such as medical information, drug safety, publication planning, medical writing, and the medical library. In addition, over the past 15 years Kirk has planned, developed, and implemented numerous knowledge management projects within the Medical Affairs departments of large and small pharmaceutical companies, such as Hoechst Marion Roussel, Cell Pathways, OSI Pharmaceuticals...

Steve Swantek has more than 25 years of experience in various sales, marketing, and management roles. Prior to joining ProPharma Group in 2015, Steve served as the President and CEO of PROSAR, a company specializing in Pharmacovigilance and Medical Information, since 1998.

Before joining PROSAR, Steve was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Zamba, a systems integrator specializing in Customer Relationship Management. He has also served as President and CEO of Goretek Data Systems, an application software company for Supply Chain Management, and as Vice President of Sales for...

Joe Biehl

Joe Biehl has over 23 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry providing consulting, field service, maintenance, and reliability engineering, as well as compliance/validation, both domestic and international. He has successfully developed and executed strategic plans for established and startup organizations to expand existing business lines while improving profits.

Joe has developed and implemented commissioning and maintenance programs using a risk-based approach. In addition, he has worked with multi-national pharmaceutical companies developing work instructions for the...

Rachel Bias has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources management, holding various management and leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. She manages all aspects of the firm’s HR strategy and provides HR leadership to the company through the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs, and services, including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, employee benefits, employee relations, employment practices and procedures, employee communications, and employee events. 

Rachel has a BA. in Business Administration from...

Mike Burman is the Vice President of Global Medical Information at ProPharma Group.  Mike has over 15 years’ experience working in Medical Information, a majority of which is based on the client side of the business in management and leadership roles for companies such as Wyeth, AstraZeneca, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Mike approaches his work with a continuous improvement philosophy, leading to innovative ways to engage health care professionals and members of the public as they seek medical information.  Mike has a unique perspective on ProPharma Group Medical Information, as in a prior...

Jim has worked over 12 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in both operating company and consulting roles. As Sr. Director, Technology and Commercialization, he operates in project management, project oversight, consulting and business development roles.  Jim’s educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Business Administration. Jim is an active board member in the Midwest region of International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.

Benjamin Frey is the Senior Director of Quality Systems, and is responsible for technical support and Subject Matter Expertise for the company’s Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance projects in compounding pharmacy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device / IVD and dietary supplement product markets for human and veterinary use. 

Benjamin brings approximately 25 years of experience working within a broad range of FDA regulated environments, and all responsibilities have been performed within compliance of GMP requirements and quality management programs and include...

Ted Shoneck is an accomplished senior Life Sciences industry executive with over 25 years of progressive achievements in Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Pharmaceuticals, Biologics, and Biotechnology.  He has excelled at the COO and CEO levels, with full multi-million dollar P&L and Board level responsibilities.  He is a demonstrated strategic decision maker who is motivated by creating and delivering innovative medical products, and is dedicated to improving human health.  Ted has driven strategic and operational transformations that are client-focused, cost effective, FDA compliant,...

Dr. Good is an energetic, award-winning professional with 25 years of experience in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Animal Health industries. Dr. Good has spent his years in industry in Manufacturing, Project Management, and for the last 12 years, Quality. Throughout his career, he has helped remediate Consent Decrees, Warning Letters and many FDA Observations. He has worked with Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies and solved complex, multi-operational compliance issues. Dr. Good has spoken professionally at ISPE and PDA regional and national meetings on the subject of...

Alex Chimbos
 
Alex Chimbos is the Director of IT for Acadeus, a ProPharma Group company.  He has worked with the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years and has over 19 years of hands-on experience with Systems Administration, Network Administration and Technology Development.  In addition, he also has experience in designing, deploying and managing network solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. 

Alex has participated in and overseen the software design and construction for the PAT Toolkit as well as many other corporate projects for individual companies.  He...

Jenny has over 10 years’ experience in Medical Information and multi-lingual language support. She has worked alongside a variety of clients from large global companies to specialist orphan drug/rare disease biotech to provide effective solutions in Medical Information. Jenny has also spent time establishing ProPharma Group's Asia Pacific operations in Melbourne before returning to the UK and moving in to a more client facing/programme management role. As Director of Global Client Management, Jenny has oversight of all current client programs as well as new client set-ups and expansion of...

Adrian has worked within the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry for over 25 years. Adrian’s early roles were in Commercial Sales and Marketing in the UK and European markets during which time he spent significant time in Project Management, Line Management and Business Development roles. Adrian has subsequently worked in European and Global roles with the outsourced Clinical Research industry as a Business Development Director.

Adrian joined ProPharma Group at the beginning of 2016 to look after the development of new and existing Medical Information business with companies...

John has been partnering with clients for the past 11 years in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device industries.  John has provided solutions and services globally within Medical Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Clinical, Regulatory Affairs, and Compliance.  Since arriving at ProPharma Group, John has focused on expanding the reach of the Medical Information and Corporate Compliance practices.  John’s previous experience includes providing IT solutions and services with organizations such as IBM, United Nations, and Merrill Lynch.

Shaun A. Naughton, Business Development Manager has more than 24 years' experience with sales and marketing of scientific, medical and enterprise quality compliance database services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies.  Shaun has worked with the leading organizations focused on delivering innovative drug safety software and services for clinical and marketed bio-pharma products and medical devices. Shaun started his sales career selling chemical structure, technical and medical research databases while working for the CAS division of the American Chemical Society. He holds a B.A. in...

Rand Berry, Business Development Manager, has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years.  Rand’s early roles were focused on sales and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry, and most recently, sales and sales management in the Software as a Service industry, with a focus on CRM, content management, and analytics in the pharmaceutical and biotech verticals.

Rand recently joined the ProPharma Group team of industry leaders to focus on providing comprehensive compliance solutions to help life science organizations keep pace with a highly regulated and rapidly...

Erik has 12 years of experience partnering with clients in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device industries in many different geographical regions, including the Southeast. He has provided resources and consulting services to clients in a wide variety of areas including Quality, Regulatory Affairs, IT, and Engineering.  Erik has joined ProPharma Group’s team of industry leaders to deliver comprehensive compliance solutions to our clients in today’s highly regulated and rapidly changing environment.

Jeff Kisslinger has over 20 years of experience in the life science, biotechnology, research, and healthcare industries.  Jeff started his career as a research assistant in a molecular biology lab at Washington University. While there, he became familiar with the early stages of the research process, which leads to many of the discoveries in the drug development process. He then spent time in the healthcare field as a clinician where he developed treatment plans for individuals with orthopedic injuries.  Jeff spent the next 10 years assisting pharmaceutical and biotech companies with...

With over twenty years of business development experience in the life sciences and private sectors, Sue Cost has contributed to the growth and stability of the A&E, EPCmV, and Construction companies for which she has worked. Sue has been responsible for a variety of business development functions, including strategic planning, account management, establishing partnering relationships, marketing, communications, development of systems and procedures, presentations, public relations and overseeing management functions.  

Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter is a seasoned sales professional with 16 years of Medical Device, Bio-Pharma, and Engineering consulting expertise, joining ProPharma Group’s Business Development team in the United States. He has significant experience in partnering with senior level decision makers, working together to help achieve their goals. Tom is a goal and process oriented individual, with the ability to communicate effectively with clients to understand their needs and ensure their success.

Throughout his career, Tom has been responsible for a variety of business development functions, including...